Autumn is joining the flock

Today it has rained heavily, non stop, all day. I wasn’t happy that Autumn’s half of the run had quite a lot of wet parts. I decided that it would be best to speed up integration and mix the flock from today.

At lunch time I let the girls mix. I put lots of extra feeding stations around the run and changed all the dishes to growers pellets. There are now five spots with food and water.

After a couple of hours I took my camera to the run.

Autumn ventures on to the patio area
The girls are quite relaxed together
The flock preening together
Autumn is quite relaxed with the flock
There are lots of feeding stations all around the run

Before bedtime I will close Autumn’s half of the run so that she has to stay on this side. It will be interesting to see what she does. I am hoping that she may follow the flock in to the chicken shed. That would be amazing but we will have to wait and see how it goes.


To my amazement at bedtime Autumn went into the chicken shed. She followed the other girls in and settled on the floor in the middle. She looked as if she wanted to jump up to the perch but wasn’t quite brave enough. I lifted her to the perch and she settled there. What a clever girl! Meanwhile Mango still didn’t go in until I opened the door for her. Sigh!

I am so pleased with Autumn and so not sure that Mango will ever get the hang of it. It’s been a very successful day for Autumn and I feel that the flock will be fine together now.

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6 Responses to Autumn is joining the flock

  1. DAVID says:

    Everything looks so harmonious – you must be delighted.

    • Carol says:

      I am very happy with how it has gone. Autumn looks completely relaxed around the flock and they don’t bother her at all. She has also put herself to bed every night since they have been together unlike two who shall not be named!

  2. marion.pharo says:

    Well done Autumn, what a clever girl.

    • Carol says:

      She is doing so well. She has settled in so easily and puts herself to bed each night unlike Mango and Cloud. I am really pleased with her.

  3. Sophie says:

    Aw, what a good girl x

    • Carol says:

      She has settled in so well. Today she was sitting right in the middle of the flock. She seems to have fitted in really well and is really friendly too, plus going in at bedtime. After a tricky start she has actually fitted in the easiest x

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