Except for one neighbor, for whom I just didn't know one way or the other. One day a chicken got loose in their yard, which may have freaked them a bit (and totally fairly, I might add). I'm reasonably sure one of their dogs got loose and killed three of our chickens, but seriously do not know for sure and never made any accusations. So I was a bit in no-man's land with them, and they're right next door.
That is, until about 3 weeks ago, when they showed up in our yard with their own 9 baby chicks. Okay, I guess that answers that question.
BUT, they were the classic Rural King suckers. The lady got lured in by the adorable cheep-cheeps on chick day and bought 9, with no other obvious long term plan, like having a feeder or living situation or anything. So they offered some to us, and I said I would take up to three of them once they were a bit bigger.
Now they're a bit bigger.
So here are some of the things I'm gonna need to do, or be aware of, soon:
- Get back out the old brooder, to keep them in isolation for awhile
- Wait until they're big enough to be able to hold their own in the main chicken yard
- Construct a makeshift pen in the chicken yard, probably right off the side of the current run (that's my thinking anyway. Probably a metal post & chicken wire affair, with a "whatever I can find that will work" roof system.
- Spend roughly the next two months letting the chickens either grow or get acclimated to the other chicken.
- Wait with baited breath to see if I got myself any (any at all) roosters. If so, I'll have a few options:
- See if my other neighbors were serious about preferring the sound of a rooster crow to an alarm clock.
- Bite the bullet and learn how to butcher (um.. but where?!)
- If I have more than one rooster.... sh*t, that's bad luck.