We have been busy getting the yard and chicken coop ready for our girls. As we reported in an earlier post, Daniel delivered our custom-made chicken coop and we positioned it roughly in place. On Thursday our friend Javier came by and worked with us all day long. We dug a drain down along the wall and out to the lawn to drain off the area when the rainy season arrives, moved some more bushes, spread out lots of stones, and worked to get the coop all leveled up and secure.
This is what the coop area looked like on Friday.
Mary had planted quite a few herbs in planter boxes and this morning I moved them all over by the coop.
Those of you with sharp vision might have noticed something else new over by the chicken coop.
This afternoon we decided to take the chicks outside to see their new home. They adapted quickly and began exploring as soon as we put them inside.
Our sister in Ohio was concerned that the chickens would not be able to manage getting up and down the ladder up to the roosting and nesting box area. Not to worry, Lori. The chicks hopped right up with no problem. When they are full grown they will be big enough to just walk up the ladder.
It got a bit crowded on the first few rungs and there was more exploring to do, so they simply flew down.
This little one liked the perch and stayed put for some time.
After they were comfortable outside, we decided to open up the door and see if the girls wanted to check out the yard.
The little chicks are quite brave and they all ventured out. For a while they stayed close together searching for bits of food and stray ants.
But then they got more daring and ventured out.
It was so fun to watch our girls explore and stretch their wings!
Have you ever wondered what it looks like to have a chick flying straight at you?
Now you know.
As the sun settled farther down in the west we rounded them all up to come back inside where they will have to stay for a few more weeks until they develop more of their adult plumage. The round-up was surprisingly easy as the chick are used to being handled.
We look forward to exercising the girls more and more each day until they are ready to take up permanent residence in the yard and their new home.
Life is good in Ecuador!