Wednesday, June 6, 2007

the chicks' new evening ritual

Now that the eglu is here, the girls are sleeping outside the house (hooray!) which means that there's no poop-filled cage to clean up in the morning (hooray hooray!).

There's also a new night time ritual for the girls now that they're outdoors.

Last night, their first night in the eglu, it took quite a bit of coaxing to get them inside the eglu so I could close the door to seal them inside. The eglu owner's manual suggested that a battery-powered torch (aka a flashlight here in the States) placed inside the eglu would be the perfect lure to get the chicks to come in from the run.

Not so with my chicks. They're either disinterested by light shining inside a confined area, or they're simply not going to fall for that trick (maybe they read the manual before I did?).

I found it took my opening the side hatch of the eglu and sticking my head inside the eglu to call them in order for them to show even slight interest in the interior. Only after Sophia poked her head in the eglu did ZsuZsu come to the door to see what was up. A skillful nudge from behind with the closing door is what got them inside after 20 minutes of coaxing.

Needless to say, I wasn't looking forward to a repeat this evening as the sun went down.

Imagine my surprise when I walked out the back door to see the chooks were already inside the eglu waiting for me to close the door behind them.

They're either quick learners, or they're luring me into a false sense of security as to how easy this is going to be. I'm hoping for the former.

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