Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Flying the Coop
Our four hens found a new home today. They're headed for a nice farm north of us and will be free ranging 10 acres! I placed an ad last night and woke up to an avalanche of emails! It was a tough choice picking the right family. One person said their hen was lonely and would enjoy the companionship. I almost picked her, but then thought, did something eat the rest of their chickens? Another woman said she had just built a coop and wanted these to be her first chickens! She was so excited. Another guy said he'd like them as he had just built a rabbit hutch. Hmmmm
I selected the family who promised to take good care of them, as their chickens were pets too.
We decided to re-home our hens due to several factors. Mainly, we feared for their safety as they kept escaping from their coop. We had already lost another hen this way and it was a very sad loss. The other reason is over our decision to travel. We're already discussing our next trip by the end of the year. We realize that re-homing them is the right decision.
We are very glad to have had the experience of raising our own chickens in the city, and are thrilled that we've experienced them mature and lay their first eggs.
It was a great learning experience.