THE SHORT VERSION On Thursday 8 December, the chickens of Governors Island made a momentous move off the island to luxurious winter digs in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
From 7am at Governors Island to 4:30 pm in Manhattan, a long day was spent deconstructing the chicken coop, gathering all the chicken paraphernalia as well as the chickens, and settling them in their new homes- the Roof Coop on Manhattan’s lower east side and the Brooklyn Bower.
THE LONG VERSION (what really happened)
On Thursday 8 December, the chickens of Governors Island made a momentous move off the island to luxurious winter digs in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
7:00 OMG-am- Governors Island
Deconstruct coop. Round up girls, pack them into Fresh Direct boxes (2 chickens per box). Everything loaded onto van and chauffeured into city. The ladies dig the dark, close, warm confinement of the boxes, similar to their milk crate nests in the coop. They lay 6 eggs along the way.
10:00 am -Manhattan
First stop - roof top terrace on lower east side. Coop components, hay bales perilously winched up to roof while gals are carried up 5 flights of stairs. Released onto large, “L” shaped, plant filled roof, chickens explore and happily tear up herb beds, trees and shrubs.
12:00 pm – Chicken break out
Concern about chickens flying (falling?) from roof realized when neighbor reports someone walking down Attorney Street with a (live) chicken; headed no doubt, to a wonderful new home in a loving family’s backyard. In all, 2 Plymouth Rock Bar hens choose not to accept roof top hospitality and make a break for greener pastures (or someone’s cooking pot).
12:30 pm- Roof Coop reconstruction
Discussions of lunch occur. All agree lunch is a great idea, but all continue to work. This topic reoccurs in desultory and fruitless manner for next couple of hours. Hens happily forage, oblivious to missing comrades, or simply not caring- more food for them.
2:00 pm- Dining extravaganza
Someone finally takes initiative- Pizza appears. Coop reconstruction continues.
Balance of birds bussed to Brooklyn backyard. Internationally renowned Bee and Chicken moguls, Cathy and Pat, prepare a perfect place for our peripatetic poultry.
Roof Coop complete. Roost installed, fresh, sweet hay laid down, water bottles filled, new feed dispenser ready for inauguration. Chicken wranglers lure birds into coop with handfuls of grain. Birds immediately exit coop when wranglers go back to entice balance of birds. Birds stampede (en masse) into coop when restaurant food scraps arrive.