With the warmer weather, the little troopers are now ready to move from their chick box inside, to their new home outside. Like a mother watching her children go into the playlot for the first time, the umbrella and chair have been set up close enough to keep an eye on things, yet far enough away for them to brave the big wide world...sort of.
Last fall we bent some pipes to make row covers and hoop houses. Using a few left over half circles, we attached these to a floating frame. This frame can easily be moved around from one grassy place to another, providing extra protection to the babies from the beasties that see them as snacks and toys. While the chicks explore their new home, we keep watch.
What's also nice is that this hoop frame easily joins to the chicken tractor. As their house is moved from place to place, the frame can also provide a little extra shade and security. Watching babies grow up is better than TV.