Red Bucket Farm is an urban farm on a quarter acre property in an average residential neighborhood. We are located in Wisconsin, USDA Zone 5. We focus on chickens, bees, orchard fruit, and raised garden beds for fruits and veggies. We hope to reduce our footprint on the planet by growing some of our food, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and gardening with sustainable practices. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Houdini the Chicken

Look closely at the photo above. Notice that two chickens are inside the fence. One is not. That hen, formerly known as Hyacinth, is now renamed Houdini. Somehow she magically appears on the wrong side of the fence. It's a new trick and she's very fond of it. She loves the green grass outside the chicken yard, and she gets great pleasure in irritating the other girls who can't figure out how to escape.

Most of you know that the chickens at Red Bucket Farm are pampered. They live in a 6'x8' shelter that's nearly as secure as Fort Knox. Although they have ample space in their casa gallina, they also get plenty of time in the chicken yard, which is a capacious 20'x30'. The yard is protected by a three foot wire fence and bird netting above. The whole point is to keep the girls safe from predators (dogs, coons, hawks, owls, coyote).

But Hyacinth/Houdini has a chicken brain, and she's focused on the grass over the fence. I suspect we'll be adding additional fencing to keep Houdini safely inside the yard with her friends. Silly chicken.

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