In the meantime the girls remain in the garage. I've been letting them out for jaunts in our
dirt patch future orchard. They seem to stay in a cluster and don't travel far. I was hoping they'd earn their keep by picking weeds but they seem more interested in taking dust baths.
I am starting to notice their differences and can now identify them by name ... Harriet, Gertrude, Gracie and Rose Scooby-Doo (guess who named that one). So far they all appear female; my fingers are crossed.
I'm very hopeful we'll complete the coop this weekend and finally transition them to their permanent home. If anyone wants to lend a hand with our coop raising come on over. I'll make lemonade and sandwiches ... just for putting on a roof.