The orange caution netting is up over the top of the run, and the chickens are out of their coop. Not only are they very happy about it, the Critter is thrilled. Poultry watching seems to be one of his favorite pastimes. Being parents of a very active, very loud child, having something like poultry watching that's a guaranteed hit (temporarily) is a huge boon.
One of the really nice things about having such a mixed flock is very almost silly, and that's that we enjoy looking at a variety of different looking chickens. Right now we have the black hen, three sex linked reds, two white hens (probably leghorn), and the red laced who knows what. With them Boris the Russian Orloff, and we have a really colorful bunch of chickens. The ideal end result of that mixed bag of chickens is some really cute chicks that we can grow out, and select the best survivors of the bunch. If we can we are also going to expand our flock and move them into the larger coop for the winter and the future. We'll see what happens with that. Either way it's nice to have eggs again, even if they are similar in consistency and color to store purchased eggs. The reason they are currently similar to store purchased eggs is the chickens have been exclusively on feed, so they haven't had the chance to get bugs and other stuff to make their eggs that special orange of free range eggs.
The challenge as winter comes isn't that he won't enjoy spending time outside taking away from his entertainment. He will enjoy being outside just fine, he however doesn't enjoy shoes, socks, gloves, or really clothes in general. If he wants to be outside we're going to first get to enjoy the wrestle the struggling toddler while he screams game. Then we'll be able to bring him outside with us to enjoy the animals. He's about to get old enough that we can have him come with us while we are caring for the animals. I'm going to really enjoy being able to do that because it'll both give us more effective hands on time to go around, and get him taking more steps towards being actively involved with the day to day life here. I know, one is young to be thinking about getting him involved, but getting him hands on is actually one of the things I'm most excited about. Especially given his love of the critters around the homestead, and just how much he likes spending time outside.