I let the chickens run around the yard on weekends or after work. The young ones act oddly as the sun starts going down, often hanging out by my office window and flying at it at top speed. I usually chase them into their coop.
Yesterday I had left the downstairs door open, and I noticed it was getting dark without the usual squawking. Hey, what’s that clucking I hear from the living room?
Business 2.0 was settling in for the night on a chair:
Startup was trying to use the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor as a roosting bar:
While absurdly cute, I’d rather not clean up all the poop in the morning, so I sent them back out to their coop.
Sadly the cape Betsy whipped up in the last post didn’t quite work out, Business Chicken 2.0 is an escape artist. We ordered more substantial ones from Crazy K Farms.
They’re actually “chicken saddles” intended to protect your hen’s backsides from scratching when the rooster is giving her sexy times. The young ones are much smaller so they actually come the entire way down her back and protect her from pecking perfectly. I got some of their Birdy Booties just in case of bumblefoot too, they’re hilarious looking.
It’s been a couple days and it hasn’t fallen off yet! Not pictured: her flapping like mad for the first 30 minutes trying to get it off.