I finally have something nice to say about the chickens (after all their recent drama), so I figured it's about time to post about them again ;) My cute chicken-tender Scootie has been loving his job as 'supervising boss' of their free range time. He takes his job very seriously, can't you tell??
Last you heard, we finally got them paired off two and two and were keeping them in separate pens full time. That's still our reality. Cleaning and feeding two pens of chickens who used to get along with each other, and still don't. And it's still frustrating. But we're making progress, and that's what I'm focusing on.
Now they're able to have a half hour of supervised free range time together with minimal conflict. The first few times we tried this they wouldn't even come in the same area as each other. They simply stayed in their pairs and moved about the yard together with their 'buddy of choice'.
But after a few nights of this in a row, we've gotten to where they can be occupying the same space, and not fight. I'm still not ready to try putting them back together, we think our coop doesn't have enough space and that's why they're picking on each other. So we're in limbo with the chickens right now, just as we are in limbo with the rest of our life. Guess it kinda fits.
Once we know more about our final destination after Jake's graduation, we will have to make some decisions about the hens' future as well. More than likely, we will be unable to take the hens with us when we go and we will have to re-home them with someone locally.
I've gone through about every emotion on the spectrum about this and have finally settled on being OK with it. Part of me feels that it's currently a waste of my time to keep and maintain the hens for these last few weeks that are 'undecided' but I also know if we ended up moving somewhere where we could take them with us, and I'd already given them away, that I would be upset about that too.
What would you do about the chicken-dilemma if it was your problem to solve?? I'm so torn...