Chicken food covered the floor,
tossed and kicked for several feet in every direction.
Oh, the problems of having a house chicken!
I decided Bird needed a second layer of defense
as he's grown larger than I had ever imagined.
He could now just step out of the tubby,
and had done so several times.
It seems he likes to take his morning and evening stroll
through the living room
or among the bar height chairs
or around the breakfast bar into the kitchen!
Then there was the constant sweeping and vacuuming.
So, bird got a new feeding system.
It's a larger tub that I put the smaller one in.
The crumbs are still kicked and tossed but they land
in the second tubby and not all over my floor.
He also doesn't step out quite so easily!
In fact, with this he can even sit on the porch with us
and the cats don't mind at all.
It's still a challenge to give him water,
he can't manage the waterer, mostly because he
can't see it and then gets confused and swishes
his head back and forth.
So for now, I still supplement with the eye dropper.
I hatched somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 chicks
hoping I'd find a good friend for Bird,
but he keeps stepping on them.
Maybe when they are bigger one will stand out.
About half of these will go to my husband's employer
who needs more layers. Once we find the girls we'll
send them on their way. My husband is making a larger
chicken coop/yard for the meat birds and the balance
will go there. We'll even keep another rooster on
that side - layers on the other side with their rooster.