Well, now that my Littles are getting bigger and have all their feathers, we’ve been busy devising a way for them to use the run and go outside on nice days -if we ever GET ANY nice days this Spring – and still keep them relatively safe.
I have, in occasion, brought a couple of them outside at the same time as the Big Flock and it was … Interesting. Peanut and Lola antagonized a couple of the older hens and then freaked out when the hens tried to defend themselves.
I am unsure if the older girls would have hurt them had I not been supervising, because they did not hurt Pip even after Abby stopped defending him. Mostly they chased, lunged and left him to run away.
Would they have attacked them? I don’t know because all interactions have been supervised.
However, as the Littles get bigger and it gets (hopefully) warmer, they deserve to go outside and be safe.
We first thought to simply split the run into two unequal halves.
But then I thought – why not tunnels? We could put s border of tunnels around the existing run, and add a second chicken door into the ‘grow up coop.’ This would allow the Littles to go outside and remain safe from not only the older chickens but also from predators who might seek to make a snack out of a small chicken.
It’s not done yet, and won’t be done until next weekend, mostly because DH has to go out of town, but the tunnels themselves are done. We let some of the chicks check it out, and they seemed to like it.
I’ll post ‘Part 2’ once we get it finished.