It was nice to see them enjoying themselves so much. Their voices are still in the "cheep cheep cheep" phase but it is obvious when their cheeps are happy or scared. Chickens just love to scratch and look for insects. It is obvious they are fulfilling their little chicken-natures when they get to do this.
Run stats: Corner of our hilly backyard fenced in with Premier 1 Perma Net and Patriot 5 energizer which can run off 110 volt power or a 12 volt battery. Setting up the electric fence and energizer took several reading of the sparse directions and two calls to Premier 1 (whose customer service staff were very helpful!) but we got it hot eventually.
I know the chickens will remove the grass in the run area via eating and scratching, although how quickly they will do this is up in the air. I would like to divide the space into 2 small paddocks that we rotate them between so the vegetation can recover, but if that doesn't work for whatever reason, plan B is a composting run with comfrey planted in it.
|Struttin' their stuff.|
|Outdoor still life: chicken with currant bush.|
|"Should I eat that?"|
|First time through the threshold.|
|Lots of rain brought lots of worm hunting.|