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First day on new pastures

Young red rangers

High perchOur Red Rangers said they were very much ready to enter the big-bird world of the coop. In fact, after being shut inside for a day to reset their homing sensors, I found two of the broilers perched four feet above the ground on top of the nest boxes. And when I finally opened the door, they were very much ready to roam.

Australorp pullets

The displaced Australorp pullets, recently moved out of the starter coop and into our other coop, are more skittish. They've been hanging out just outside the coop door amid the stalks of recently cut ragweed rather than exploring their new pasture.

...which is really a good thing since I like Australorps' tendency to be shy and people averse. Here's hoping this year's unicolor flock will be better behaved than last year's colorful but problematic layers.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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