While we're in California we have a fantastic house sitter who will be loving them up (and Hickory, our cat), but keeping them free range felt like too much to ask. I've have grand schemes of elaborate new chicken yards with fancy fencing and elaborate gate systems, rotations in the orchard, and more. In the end, we threw something together lickety split that would give them more room and keep them from flying over the five foot side, as they are very adept at doing. I thought I could make it on my own, but it was my son (he's getting huge!) who really made it possible by getting in all of the steel posts and helping to roll out the heavy fencing. My daughter was the perfect distributor of twist ties. It was a family coop adventure the night before we departed, as a thunder storm rumbled in and the sun set. Good times, for sure!
Yes, that would be last night! We stretched standard bird netting (to keep birds off of fruit trees and out of gardens) over the top and we're crossing our fingers that they won't be too disgruntled and will adjust happily. Here they are as of this moment, in they're expansive new run!
Those fancy coop dreams? Some day. My kids are super motivated to keep those girls (and boy) happy. They've been plotting a chicken playground, complete with forts and obstacle courses. We shall see...
I'll be sending you post cards from California now and then! Ready, set, go!