We brought home baby chicks last week, but, because we don’t want to wait until fall to have our own eggs, we also picked 3 Ameraucana chickens, 2 years old, from craigslist. Megan’s sister Ana brought them down from Washington for us on Sunday.
Unfortunately, we weren’t 100% ready to have chickens inhabiting the new coop we’ve been working on. We bought a small coop from a classmate of Talina’s, and put that in the yard to the new, much larger chicken coop-in-progress. However, we didn’t have time to put a door on the gate before the chickens arrived! So, their first day in their new home they escaped a few times. The last time, we could only find the two lighter ladies, the darker colored chicken had completely gone missing!! We were very worried she’d been carried off by a hawk, but, this morning when I went out to check for eggs and food, I heard a chicken clucking in the barn! Turns out she’d been hiding in an old feed bin all night – not only that, she’d laid a lovely blue egg in there!
The ladies seem to like hiding under their coop, so we’ll have to build them a bigger shelter. Now that we know we DIDN’T lose a hen to a hawk the first day, no sense letting it happen for real in the future.