We have now had our five heritage Rhode Island Red chicks (they were 8 1/2 weeks old when they arrived) for nine days and they are growing quite restless. During the day, we keep them outside in our chicken tractor as much as is possible, but in the evening they come inside and spend the night in a fenced end enclosure in our basement.
Our three production Reds (Ruby, Little Spotty, and Tallulah) were not kind to the five birds when they arrived. Ruby, in fact, pulled a mass of feathers from the newcomer we have named Sweetie Pie. We were fearful that Ruby would have killed the smaller members of the quintet if we had left the new flock in the chicken run.
Yet this morning it is obvious that the heritage flock cannot remain inside much longer. When we came downstairs to check on them, four of the five were perched on their fence. It seems it will be only a matter of time before they decide to "bust out" of their enclosure permanently and wander around the basement.
What to do, what to do.