Finally, something good to scratch!
Since the poultry netting went up, the chickens have been out on the grass but there really isn’t that much grass yet! They were obviously getting a little bored, as both Uno and Lyle have been hopping the fence in search of something more interesting at which to scratch and peck.
Thus, the Chicken Play Yard has returned! It is a non-electrified fence that is adjacent to the poultry netting, in an area that is full of weeds, leaf duff, and general forest detritus. I cleaned the area out today, pulled out miles of Virginia Creeper vines (OK, not miles but definitely yards!), and installed the fence.
The next question was how they would get in and out of the play yard, without getting shocked by the poultry netting. I noticed that one of the poles attached to the poultry netting was perfectly positioned to be pulled up and moved inward toward the run, thus creating sufficient slack for the fence to be propped up. Hmmm, how to prop it up and still have the fence electrified…..I know, insert the pole into a 5 gallon bucket filled with dirt! Tried it, needed more height, but the bucket was too wobbly on the cinder block. So, since the bucket already had a crack in the bottom, I turned it over, positioned it over a big rock on top of the cinder block, jammed the bottom of the pole into the crack, and added a string tether tied to the run that keeps the pole in the upright position.
Electric fence? No problem!
As you can see, the pole is upright, the fence is lifted
enough for the birds to go under it, and it is easy to
replace at the end of the day. Next challenge, get them to go into the play yard! A few handfuls of feed scattered just beyond the fence, and it didn’t take long for one Golden Fletcher to find her way in. Uno soon followed, and then the rest of the crowd. Much fun to be had, including digging chickenbowls in the loose soil and having a hen party!
Just another hen party!