Henry is our new Cuckoo Marans rooster. He is the about the same age as our girl chickens. Henry is occupying the coop that has been the Little Girls’ Coop. Our intention was for the seven girls to reside together in the Big Girls’ Coop.
Henry has already earned his keep. We brought him home yesterday afternoon. It rained all afternoon and into the night. At dusk, the little girls didn’t want to go into the Big Girls’ Coop. They had had a great day playing with the big girls, but it was bedtime and they wanted to go home to their familiar roost. They were very distressed. Henry tried to fly over to them to protect them, but the wire between the runs stopped him. He tried to fly over the wire, but there is also wire over the top. The girls became more and more frantic, and Henry kept flying into the wire.
We decided we needed to do something before Henry hurt himself, so we got ready to go outside to open the panel to let the little girls go into their own run and coop. But when we stepped outside, the little girls had gone into the Big Girls’ Coop, and Henry was in the Little Girls’ Coop. Henry had somehow convinced the Little Girls that it was safer for them to be inside the Big Coop than spending the night in the rain.
Well played, Henry. Well played.