Escape Artist

We thought we had solved the problem of Aspen sneaking out of her pen this last weekend but this morning she was found wandering around the backyard.  Dustin put her back in the pen and went to work.  When I came home from work I found Aspen in the chicken part of the barn.  Again on the wrong side of a different gate.  We barricaded the additional exit points and hope that we have outsmarted a 9 week old goat.

It has also taken us some time to maneuver the goats and chickens together in the barn.  The goats want to eat the chicken food and the chickens want to eat the goat food.  Tonight Sadie helped me serve dinner by blocking the chickens.

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I have started to get into the routine to take the goats for a walk around the back pasture to give them exercise.  It is fun to enjoy the view and play with the neighbors (goats and horses).

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The little chicks have also enjoyed the evenings of relaxing and enjoying the view.

As the sun sets, the chickens head to bed and when I was checking on all of them I was surprised to see one of the younger chicks roosting with the big hens.  She is a barred rock that is just over 10 weeks old.  She is on the far left side behind Ladybird.  Last week when I was getting the barn ready for the goats, I mixed up all the chickens.  They did a good job getting along and had spent several weeks in separate pens but could all see each other.  All the chickens did great, even the little bantams.

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If you look further down the roost one of the red star hens was fluffing her wings and appeared to be either imitating a superhero or KFC.

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While she is showing off her muscles before bedtime, the other chicks have found a roost by the stall door which makes them look like they have all been exiled to prison.

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Finally, my view tonight:

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