|We call their house The Spice Cabinet. I put chili pepper lights on it so they could be festive.|
|Here's an old shot of the interior w/ the ramp I had built for the girls.|
|The new step in the hen house.|
Basically, it's a section of 6" by 6" with a 6" by 3" half the width laying on one side. And then there's a 2" by 4" underneath to support it, which you can't see because of all the sand. This way Coco can just step up onto this and from there, jump to the roosting bar.
|"Um, Mom? You left the door open, AGAIN! This is totally unacceptable."|
And while it looks good, one never knows. So I patiently waited for dusk last night to go watch the girls go to bed. This is always problematic because they get so excited when I come to visit. I could have treats. And Ginger wants to roost on my shoulder.
Pumpkin hops up first and takes the prime spot at the end and proceeds to look down at me. Coco is pacing back and forth and not even looking at the new step. And Ginger is trying desperately to jump onto my shoulder.
I patiently tapped the step with my finger and Coco would step onto the lower step, but couldn't grasp the concept of stepping up to the second level. This went on for several minutes as it continued to get darker and darker. And Coco was becoming more agitated.
Time to try something different. So I picked up Ginger and put her on the top step. She stood there for a minute looking at her feet like, hey, this is cool. And with out use of her wings, jumped to the roosting bar. Well, you could practically see the lightbulb go on in Coco's head. She stepped up on the lower step, up to the higher one and with one big jump, was safely on the roosting bar.
And with that, everyone was tucked in for the night. The new step is a success and I couldn't be happier. And I got an added bonus this morning. It's far enough away from the roosting bar that they can't poop on it at night.