The chicks are almost 5 weeks old now, so a couple of days ago I let one lot out of their little house so that they and their mum could roam around freely during the day. All went really well until roosting time when I assumed Buttercup would take them back to their wee house to sleep. (My usual broody, Maude, has always done this in years gone by) but just goes to show, where chickens are concerned you should never assume anything, as Buttercup flew up into the tree where all my chickens roost at night, and left her 2 wee chicks crying on the ground. I waited to see if she was going to jump down to them but nope. So lloyd and I rescued the wee ones and put them back into their house then got Buttercup down and put her back in with them. All was well.
After this we made the decision that the chicks were all big enough and feathered enough that they could all be put together in one house and we'd let Millicent and Buttercup out to be with all the others. Both of them are looking rather tired after raising chicks for weeks one end.
I'll leave the chicks together in this house for a couple of weeks so that they form a strong wee group, then I'll put the house back into the main run and let them out during the day and hope they all go back together to sleep at night until they are big enough to fly into the tree. ( or better still the lovely chicken house I have that none of them use!)
All in all the moves went smoothly. Now it's just the ducks who are interested in getting in with the chicks!