Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Miss Orpington Returns Home

We still have snow covering the ground, but Miss Orpington has been doing so well inside over the past couple of weeks, that Sean and I decided that the time had come to return her to home in the coop.


In preparation, we fed all the chickens an extra ration of food in the early evening, very close to roost time. The additional feeding helped to keep the other hens, roosters, ducks, and geese occupied with something other than asserting their place in the "pecking order." And, adding new chicks or reintegrating birds into the flock in the evening, just as they want to roost, cuts down on the amount of time they have to pick at each other, since their instincts are telling them to find a place to sleep for the night. It has been our experience that come morning, the newbies are accepted into the flock with a minimal amount of fuss.

And, so it was with Miss O. She returned home without any drama.


  1. Hooray! I'm so glad she was able to go back to her flock. She looks great. I love happy endings :)

  2. I am thrilled she is back with her buddies! Now if those man chickens will just act right if they get to feelin' those feelin's.