Chicken Hug Goes Viral with a Million Views

Okay, this video is super cute and it’s only 15 seconds long:

So sweet, right?

As if we needed more convincing that our useful egg-laying chickens also make the best pets. We’ve known it all along!

chicken hug viral video

New to backyard chickens? I’m happy to answer your questions, leave a comment below!

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Moving a Chicken Coop and Chicken Flock

We moved a short distance almost a year ago, necessitating the move of our chicken coop and flock of hens.

Moving the hens was something we did ourselves and quite easy to accomplish; for the large Amish chicken coop, we paid the Mennonite coop builder who delivered it to us originally, to move it five miles down the road to our new home.

Our chicken coop in its original location a  few years ago:

Amish Chicken coop on grass

And here it is at our new home:

Chicken coop with pen and gate

We have a scratch yard and a gate to access it; our eggs are easy to collect because the front of the coop is outside the fence.

Moving Egg Laying Chickens

To move the hens, we waited until the early morning while the hens were still roosting for the night, and gently caged them all with minimal fuss.

We brought the crates via truck to our new location, and let them go in the pen area we’d prepared.

Later that day, our coop mover brought the coop to the new location, and we had him place it in the right spot and we attached the gate to the existing pen.

It worked well, probably because we moved only a short distance. For longer moves, it would honestly make more sense to sell the coop and flock and buy a new one in your new location.

Here is what our coop looked like this winter in one of our beautiful snowstorms:

Chicken coop in winter snow

Now I am probably going to get hate mail for posting a snow picture, after the awful winter we had, in May!

 

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Chickens in the Snow

Yesterday, while it snowed, our chickens stayed inside their coop. A few poked their heads out now and then, but they avoided the windy snowfall and sleet that came after the snow.

chickens hunkered down in coop avoiding the snow

Today, a few ventured out and waked gingerly across the hard ice-coated surface.

Barred rock hen walking on the snow

They re-discovered their water, under the coop where it was a bit slushy but not frozen solid.

Chickens under Amish coop for shelter in snow

I collected the eggs, dirty from too much time in the coop as we waited out the storm the day before, too:

Eggs from our chicken flock

And before I could convince them to enjoy the snow, the hens raced back in:
Chicken flock rushes back in to their coop How is your chicken flock holding up this winter?

 

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