Refurbished Freebies and Integration Questions
I was in the city last week delivering eggs to a friend, when I spotted some weathered but otherwise decent wicker chairs sitting out by the dumpster. I’ve been looking for something like this to put on our bedroom deck, so I nabbed them.
In need of a little TLC.
I bought a couple of cans of “Canyon Black” spray paint, and after just a few minutes of work per chair, they were looking good as new. Total cost: about $10. Not bad.
Ready for hosting our evening gin & tonic.
Our latest batch of chicks
is arriving early next week, and I’ve been doing some research on how best to integrate them with the existing flock. Does anyone out there have experience with this, and would you be willing to share your ideas?
We’ve got several broody hens at the moment, so I’m contemplating letting the girls raise them instead of keeping them inside in the brooder
. I’ve read that letting hens raise them can make it easier for them to be accepted into the flock, and that the adopted mothers will do a good job of protecting them should problems arise. If I do this, I’m thinking of putting a large dog crate or other shelter into either the run or chicken tractor
, and letting them live there until the chicks are old enough to move in with the general population, but worry about the possibility of the bear
returning (my husband saw her in the park near our house 2 weeks ago).
If I decide to raise them in the house without the hens, what’s the best way to introduce them to the group, and at what age?