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Today was kind of a busy day, as far as the birds went. I had decided that instead of just making an extension to the main pen that I should just make a new pen & coop to let my birds be separate flocks instead of trying to get them to be one. Mom & I went down to Wardle Feed & Pet Supply to check out how much the Hobbit Hole coop they had was since she was going to be busy Saturday & the store isn’t open on Sunday.

First, I was really surprised how many animals they had on site considering where the store was located. And they had a variety! There were chickens of all sizes, rabbits & bunnies, turkeys, goats & a peacock. They even had a black Sumatra rooster that I wanted so much but that wasn’t for sale. He was a really good looking rooster with a great tail. Anyhow, the coop.

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The Hobbit Hole coop turned out to be big enough for me to move into. It was also priced high enough that I probably could have gotten a mortgage on it, too! It was so cute, though. I wanted it but it was too big for what I needed. So, I found what I thought was a suitable second choice.

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(The brown one on the left)

It was a price I could afford & needed minimal upgrades for my purposes (a couple more windows & ventilation & at least one nesting box). Mom surprised me by buying it so we could take it home today. I am paying her back for it – I was waiting until this weekend to buy a new coop because I get paid on Friday. It was still extremely kind of her & a surprise. The staff were really nice & helpful. It’s always a gamble, going into feed stores looking the way I do (& anywhere in general walking & talking the way I do), so it’s nice when the staff don’t treat me like I have the plague. I even learned that Damien will probably get the rest of his occelus train feathers in sometime during this summer. I have been trying to figure out when that would happen since his first occelus popped out. Anyhow, now I need to get the second pen built on Saturday before the weather turns wintery again.

When we got it back home & unloaded, I opened up the pens & let everyone out. Memnoch & Mercury even came all the way out of the barn this time! At first, it didn’t go so well. 3 months apart didn’t dull any animosity between father & son.

The good news is that the fight wasn’t really a fight (as in, no blood was drawn). Better news is that Damien came over & ended the scuffle by putting his foot down on Memnoch. The strange thing was that, when Memnoch eagerly ran into the enclosed chicken yard, Calypso started fighting with him in the exact same manner as Odysseus. None of the females have ever showed this level of aggression before & it really surprised me. She did not like him coming into their yard at all. Mercury followed Memnoch in there because those two don’t like to be seperated & while she didn’t get the same reception Memnoch got, she was more than happy to let me pick her up & move her to the other side of the yard with her brother. Sparta, Ava’Dara & Damien also spent most of their time wandering the entire yard with the twins & everyone else stayed in the chicken yard. That went on until a large chunk of snow ice slid off the roof of the house & startled Damien. After that, everyone put themselves up in their respective areas except Damien, who walked around honking angrily for about 10 minutes before going in.

It was nice, watching them wander around & interact with each other & the rabbits. I’ve been in a pretty deep depression since Christmas. I felt a little better for a little bit today.

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