Well, the girls arrived yesterday. All three of them came in one box, (see photo). When I lifted them out of the box and put them into the coop, there was an egg in the box! It was small, but the shell was hard. I think it came from the Black Australorp. I suspect she is a few weeks older than the other two. She is larger, and her feathers, including her tail, are beautifully, completely in. And her comb and wattle are bright red, whereas the other two have pale pink ones.
The first thing they did was drink water, (as I expected). Then they found the food and the grit container. Because of the placement of the feeder and waterer in the coop run, they had a hard time moving around as a trio. I had planned to keep them locked in the coop for a few days so they’d learn that that was their home, and so they’d roost inside it, not on top of it. But because of the difficulty they had moving around in there, I decided to let them out into the pen.
They went right for the grass and started eating it right up. My Red found a worm. It was funny watching her eat it. I had some winter rye in pots that I brought into the pen area and put them where there wasn’t much grass. They weren’t terribly interested in it, but they did check it out more as the evening went on.
I added some kitchen scraps to one of the pots, (some carrot skins and string bean ends). They ate some of it. I figure that if they don’t eat it, it will degrade and go into the pot with the rye grass. At the very least, it will make it easier to remove the decaying material from the pen!
At around 9 p.m. I went out to “tuck them in.” It was really dark out. Two of them were in the coop, but the Black Autralorp was not. She was walking around the coop, making a sound like a moan/growl. I chased her around a little and finally caught her and put her into the coop. The other two figured out how to get up the ramp into the roosting area. Black couldn’t get up it. So, I guided/shoved her up the ramp and into the hole to the roost. The other two were in the way, and were laying on the poop tray. I figured they’d work it out. I checked on them at around 10:30 p.m. I opened the door to the roosting area, and shined my flashlight in. They were all awake, but settled, so I went to bed.
This morning, I checked on them at around 6:30 a.m. It was light out, but they were not down from the roost yet. They were still in the roost, but settled, so I went to work, and asked my husband to check on them before he left for work. He emailed me and said that they were down from the roost, but still inside the coop. I’m sure that by the time I get home, they’ll be wandering around the pen.
I wonder if they’re jet-lagged, or dealing with the time difference since on Tuesday, they were living in Iowa in the Central Time Zone. I’m hoping that by this weekend, they’ll be fully adjusted. We shall see!