Our new Urban Acres Farmstead exists to bring the farm to the city, support local farmers, and provide our community with wonderful organic Texas produce. And what would a Farmstead be without farm animals? The honeybees are still awaiting their relocation to our roof, but the hens moved into their new home this week.
UA team member, Anita Mills, who takes care of the grounds at the Farmstead, shares her experience with the move…
We moved four adult hens – Dolly, Penny, Winnie, and Courtney Lorraine (a.k.a. Cee Lo) – into the chicken coop on Monday night. It’s important to move hens at night, because they tend to be sleepy and less excitable. Also, it’s nice for them to wake up in a new house in the morning.
The ladies clucked around the run, sampled the fresh food, found the water, and at last, led by the “alpha” hen, Dolly, walked up the ramp into the coop to roost for the night.
The coop is constructed to protect the hens while sleeping. They also have a 16-foot-long run that’s completely enclosed with a wire cloth to keep them safe from predators (hawks, owls, bobcats, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, and rats).
The ladies enjoyed the warm summer-like days, and during the harsh cold weather the run is covered up with a thick tarp.
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Stay tuned. Anita will introduce you to each of the hens in future posts.