The black rooster went off to a new home yesterday, where he will have 8 hens all to himself. He should be very happy there!
The remaining rooster ‘Handsome’ is happy to have his hens all to himself now. No more squabbling with the other roo or ‘sneak attacking’ the poor girls!
Meanwhile, the chicks are a week and a half old, and doubled in size – there’s not enough elbow room in the indoor brooder. Time to move out to the coop. But there’s a broody hen in the brooder box!
So I scraped up enough materials around the house to build them a new brooder box. This one is only 3×3, but it will be fine for a while. I had 20 chicks comfortably in the 4×4 box until they were 8 weeks old. I think 14 should be ok in the 3×3 box until they are close to that, and by then the broody mom and her chicks will have moved outside.
I think it will be nice to have two brooder boxes available for when I have broody hens, or if I decide to get 2 different types of chicks someday.