Schmidt Homestead

Our new home in Woodburn, IL

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Chicken Tractor

Steven finished the chicken tractor last night and we moved the girls into it. It was getting dark, so they were acting kind of nutty (they don’t like to be outside when it’s dark) when we put them in it. It didn’t take long for them to discover the ladder, but they didn’t know to climb straight up. Hazel got on the ladder, went half way up and stopped. Gertrude wanted to go up, so she climbed underneath Hazel, almost knocking her off the ladder. As soon as Gertrude got past Hazel, she stopped. About that time, Hazel decided to go up, so she climbed underneath Gertrude! It was like a game of leapfrog, except that they went under instead of over. We were cracking up! Just a couple of minutes after they made it to the top, they settled onto their roost for the night. I went out to check on them about a half hour later, and it was too dark to see inside their house, but they weren’t making a sound. They were out pecking the ground when we got up this morning.