I have kept the chickens all locked up in the coop and run for a few weeks after we introduced them. I went out to the garden by the coop and all the chickens were out in the run clanking their little tin cups on the bars of their run crying "Atticus!!" I think it is time I let them out.
I went to the door of the run and they all came running over dropping their cups in the mud. I could see in their eyes they were staring at the green lush carpet of foliage that lay just out of their reach from inside their incarceration.
I opened the door and all the hens tumbled over themselves and threw themselves down on the green grass right outside the door. I heard sighs of pleasure and freedom. Goofy birds! They just went right outside the door and immediately started pecking and going crazy over all the green stuff to eat. I had to shoo them to get them to move beyond the doorway!
I really like these birds. They do not wander off like the Comets did. They all stay in our yard and don't wander into the neighbors. They also come running when they see me round the corner of the house on my way out to see them.
These birds are very chatty also. They like to talk and talk and talk. Sally will talk your ear off if you stay out there long enough with them. yack yack yack! I love them all. I am still dealing with some pecking issues but nothing like I had previously. They are doing much better now. The ones that were pecked really bad are healed and are starting to grow their feathers back.