The chicks are growing fast! Their nighttime crate was becoming very small and the clear plastic tote they stay in during the day was starting to become cramped. Someone gave me a suggestion…a playpen…which was genius!
I made my first Facebook Market Place purchase today. I was a little leery about going to her house but I did it anyway. It was a nice house in a good location plus I gave Big K and Force of Nature Girl the address and a half hour window to wait for my text. The young mother wasn’t too concerned and I was greeted by her 4-5 yr old daughter when I got there. I think her husband might own the business next door which explains her level of comfort.
The playpen was listed for $20.00. There was a tear but the young mother who was super friendly attempted to stitch it up. I think I will go back over it for good measure. Except for the tear it was in great condition…clean…no smells, etc. She even gave me the suggestion of buying a fitted crib sheet to fit over the top after she found out why I was buying it. That was a great idea and will help stop the chickens from trying to escape. However…it does not stop the cat who has already tried to land on the sheet once. He freaked out, the chicks freaked out, I yelled…it wasn’t pretty.
This will be their last temporary home until their coop is ready and it’s warm enough. It will be nice to not have to take them from their small cage up to the bathroom. Although I will miss them running around while I am getting ready in the morning, it is better this way. They have room always now, not just when I take them out. Don’t get me wrong, I will still take them outside, there just won’t be shuffling from one container to the next. I put a giant heavy duty lawn bag over the mat in the bottom so I am hopping to be able to whisk broom and dust pan the pine shavings to get rid of their poo. Fingers crossed this works because it will be easier and save me beaucoup time.
I thought I knew the pecking order but after watching them for a bit in their new habitat, I’m not so sure. My first instinct is to yell “hey! no fighting in there!” Which I have done more than once. Now I am making myself observe more while I let them do their thing. If I could only figure out how to NOT have the cat do his thing? He is not a fan of the chicks.
I took the old crate and tote outside and gave them a good scrub. They should fit inside each other to take up less space. When I get new chicks next Spring I will have a system prepared that works. I want a Sapphire Gem next year, I already have a name picked out for her “Cussy Mary”. I just finished The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and wow…what a book! Cussy was the main character and if you have a chance you should read this book…it’s a good one. My pick for book club isn’t until October and I already let the group know that this will be my choice. I liked it that much….
I have checked almost everything off of my list today. I still have two breakfasts and two lunches to food prep, and I’ve been cooking down a ham bone all day. I don’t eat beans but I think I found a recipe for soup that will work without them? Fingers crossed…I’m about to find out. Have a great night….Zia