Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Freedom isn't free, Cupcake!

This is Cupcake, sister of Shortcake. Together they are the Babycakes. The babycakes, along with Simon, are Ameraucana chickens, who are smart, lay cool bluish-green eggs and are fairly lightweight. Of all of the chickens we have had over the past several years, the best escape artists have been Ameraucanas. They are magic chickens. One minute they are inside the fenced area, the next minute they are out. They don't even know what happened sometimes. We spent all this time creating a fence to keep the chickens away from the back garden and the more potentially toxic perimeter of the house. Cupcake flew up to the top of the fence and jumped over. I put another section of floppy chicken wire on top of the fence. A couple of days later, Cupcake got out again. Finally we clipped her wing, which really is like a haircut. She still gets out. I am not sure what to do. She is still enclosed by the taller wooden fence around the back yard, so she won't get out to the street, but I would prefer she stay in the chicken run. At least she is the only one who can do it.

1 comment:

  1. We have a couple of Ameraucanas as well that behave in the same way. The only way I found to keep ours in the run is to have a sturdy "roof" over it. We have a 6ft tall dog kennel for a run, they perched on top the second day. So I put some of the wire fence like you have in the picture across the top. In my climate this proved problematic with wet snows. I have build some support posts across the middle for this coming winter. Good luck and thanks for the great blog!!