Regardless, the babies are still terrified of Ginger. And with good reason, she still goes after them. She did so several time in front of me today. It's so frustrating. I don't want to have to put a pepper on her.
I fear we've hit a plateau. The babies still sleep in their dog crate, the adults in the hen house. At some point, we've got to break this and create one big happy family. Especially, as we get close to the babies becoming pullets and laying eggs. I want them to be comfortable laying eggs in the house in the nest boxes so getting them in there is key for me.
And because we've gone back into a cold pattern and received quite a bit of rain over the weekend. The back end of the dog crate took on water and now the sand inside is wet. Which means it's cold. And that can't be good.
|This is the view from inside the pop door. Unfortunately, this set up blocks Coco's access from her favorite nest box. So I put two fake eggs in the middle one and filled it up with shavings and some more Nesting Box Blend to entice her to lay there.|
|And of course a photo of my sweet Coco running her beak and telling me that these changes are upsetting.|
And then I added a mesh divider to the house and put in a temporary roosting bar on either side.
I like this idea better than a solid wall dividing the coop because I want them to visually get used to each other. My hope is that after a week or so, I can create a small opening and that the babies can get in through the pop door and put themselves to bed.
The way it's set up now, I'll need to tuck them into their half of the house via the big clean out door. And maybe I can leave that open in the future for them to access. But not for tonight. It's going to be confusing enough for them.
Sunset isn't for two more hours but I'll continue to check up on everyone. It's going to be a confusing night out there. Worse case, I'll pull out the adults and put them into the dog crate. But I really hate to do that to them.