Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments about my girls being kicked out of their home. I had to laugh at the one anonymous comment scolding me for not knowing about the ordinance before getting chickens. Are you kidding?! Of course I knew I was breaking the law, but aren't some risks worth taking when you believe strongly in something (like the right to grow/produce food in my backyard). Silly anonymous commenter...you aren't the tattletale neighbor, are you??!!
So after having a minor panic attack about where I could (temporarily) house my girls, I found a fabulous home for them at Seven Arrows Farm. When I pulled up and saw the property, I knew I had made the right decision.
The farm was a beautiful, lush, sprawling place, with the kindest owners. They take in rescued fowl of all kinds, so my chickens will be keeping the company of peacocks, ducks and plenty of other chickens.
Of course they have to be kept separate for a while, just until the rest of the flock has acclimated to them.
Which brings me to the traumatic part of the goodbye...my chickens had to go into a cage, just for a week or two, while they acclimate. But my girls are used to roaming free, so they completely freaked out when we placed them into the cage. They started flying around the cage, making their "stressed-out" noise and almost working themselves into a full-fledged panic attack. It was so upsetting for me to see them like that. Their little eyes all bugged out, their necks fully outstretched. It broke my heart.
And to make matters worse, the largest rooster on the farm took an immediate liking to my girls and proceeded to stand atop their cage crowing at the top if his lungs, which totally freaked out my sheltered chicks. I felt like a protective mother shooing away suitors from my teenage daughters.
All I can hope is that this friendly goat (such a sweetie) will look out for my chickens until I can visit them next week. Is that too much to ask from a goat...I think not.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, free of any and all fowl drama!