I let the chickens out for the first time. 

After standing huddled together  for a while, they began to explore a little.  I was glad to see Oprah, who has been unhappy these last few days, perk up; her tail came up by quite a few degrees. 

They flapped their wings and I wasn’t sure about their capacity for flying over the fence. And I wasn’t sure of how Mia would react if she came by. So I put them back into their coop after 15 minutes. 

In these cold and wet cooped-up days, hopefully their 15 minutes of garden time  did them good.