Good bye Run, Bedtime Routines and a Festive Cluckingham Palace

We awoke to snow this morning.  Not deep snow, just a few inches.  But it was a wet, crusty snow.  It was lovely the way it clung to the tree branches.

But it was not so good for the run.

IMG_4269The snow laden netting hung very low and some of the poles were tilting very precariously. The netting had already been sagging in places where fallen leaves had collected, but this was much worse.
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The netting here is actually touching the ground, Frozen to it I discovered when I tried to straighten one of the poles.

It was always intended to be a temporary run.  I knew it wouldn’t stand up to snow, but I have not yet taken it down because the girls still go out some and they love it.  Next year we will make them a more permanent run, but I fear their days in this one are numbered.  For the record, they did go out for awhile this morning and pecked at snow clinging to the fence and seemed to be quite content.  But I just don’t think it is really safe any more.  They will have to make do with the small run for now.  

Since it has gotten colder, they spend most of the day in the coop anyway.  It is much cozier in there.  They roost (in between treats) until bedtime and then they go up into the nesting box.  

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Prudence and Amber have gotten there first tonight.

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Brianna is making her way there.  She sometimes stays in this nesting box, but with the colder weather I like them to be all together.  Beatrix is never sure if they will let her in.  Poor Beatrix.  She is an Americauna, an Easter Egger, and they develop very slowly.  She is bottom of the pecking order and has been from day one.  The others are not always nice to her.  Even now with only 4 hens I think she is still number 5.  But she manages and she knows I will come and put her in with the others.  

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Here they all are in the big nesting box settling in for the night.  They will miss the big run tomorrow….

And as promised..this is for you Laura…

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…..here is a picture of Cluckinham Palace all decked out for the holidays.

“Good night, girls!”

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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7 Responses to Good bye Run, Bedtime Routines and a Festive Cluckingham Palace

  1. Amber looks like a puffball!

    • pattigail says:

      She is fluffy isn’t she? She has finished molting and has all new beautiful feathers. She is quite proud of them. Very convenient on a cold night. Prudence, on the other hand, has just started molting and is in the scraggly stage. Which makes Amber look even better!

  2. So pretty. You make it comfy and beautiful for your girls! Thanks for the photo I was silly to ever doubt you.

  3. hobacaitbe says:

    Crazy chicken people. Lil has hung the Christmas stocking on the coop doors. I don’t know how much food they get foraging in the winter when everything is frozen solid but it is too bad their run area is now smaller.
    Ed

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