Sunday, May 27, 2012

poultry playpen

Though the weekend has been rainy, earlier this week mother nature gave us some lovely warm days, perfect for letting the new chicks have time out in the chicken tractor.

The chickens are already starting to hit that "awkward" stage, aren't they?

A chicken tractor, for those that aren't familiar, is just a pen that is moveable.  Kind of like a poultry playpen.  Ours is nothing fancy, just a frame of pvc pipes surrounded by netting and wire.  I pull it around the yard a few times a day, giving the chicks new patches of ground to explore, dig in, and sample bugs from.  It keeps them from wandering off and safe from predators.

Naturally, princess poplar was soon to be found inside tending her flock.  Sorry birds, the tractor isn't going to protect you from the huggin'.

The turkeys are pretty good sports about it, the chickens are too slow to avoid being held, but the guineas don't care for it at all and make a racket that belies their tiny size.  They take off like rockets across the pen when they see her coming.

Though I'm eager to see the sunshine return, the rainy weekend has given me a little time to felt. (what with me not being able to work in the garden or haul a chicken tractor around and all...)  I'll have a few new pieces to show soon.

Happy Sunday, all.


Marilyn said...

you live in a fairy tale...what wonders you show us...just brilliant!

Jacqui Wise said...

Sweet photos. Look forward to seeing your new makes!

Tumus said...

Send rain down to Ohio please! Thanks!

Lisa said...

she always looks so loving and gentle when she tends to her flock. I think it is a very wonderful!

Fée des Bois said...

Sooo cute!

joanie said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see what you whipped up during your rain delay :)

Margie Oomen said...

princess poplar hugging the chickens is just the most adorable thing


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