The chickens are enjoying the expanded pen. It goes to the north edge of my property now...less to mow! The bare spot will be fenced off and seeded with wildflowers. I don't know how well they will grow under the black walnut trees, but it can't hurt to try.
Two of the four little chicks died in the last week. I suspect a cocci outbreak from the store-bought chicks, so I'm treating the entire flock to be safe. It was hard enough to lose two babies; I would be devastated to lose all of them. The 23 teenagers have settled in nicely and have developed some beautiful coloring patterns. It is fun to have a mixed breed flock.