Everyone is doing well! Chickens are at least half again as big as they were 10 days ago.
It's hard to get good pictures of them, but here they are:
The dogs are doing better. Still spend most of their outdoor time watching the chickens, but they are calmer, hardly any barking or jumping at the fence, seem more relaxed. Earlier on Shibu would be literally quivering with excitement/tension. Now he is just watching with his tail wagging. They can be distracted from the chickens more easily and will come in when we call them. So good progress is being made and I believe that eventually they will be able to be in the yard unsupervised and leave the chickens alone (chickens still being inside the fence -- I'm not thinking these are ever going to be free range chickens).
We hear lots of different estimates of when eggs might start coming, but my best guess is July-ish. That will be very exciting!
I was thinking back. When I first started hanging out here at THG in 2009, I was working 50 hrs a week, living on a little inner city lot in a snowy city, and always talking about how much I envied the people with more time, more land, longer growing season. Then I semi-retired and worked 20-30 hrs a week. Then, a few years later, I retired and a few months later moved down here to our half acre in the country (outer suburbia any way, but with a horse ranch in our back yard) in a place with no snow and a definitely longer growing season! It took until I was nearly 70 to do it, but you can make dreams come true! It's pretty cool that the people like applestar that have been around here that long have watched and advised through all these changes. Thanks, THG!