The poult has hatched completely and appears strong and healthy so I will give it back to mom when I lock up the coops for the night.
When that happens things will have to be eliminated until everything is at a manageable level and fun again. I hope the day never comes when everything has to go. There are ways to make things easier-for instance, I made a small trough outside that can be filled from in the house (a hose connection to the kitchen sink) for those days it's hard to get around. That provides drinking water to most of the birds on bad days when a pail of water feels like it weighs a ton.I loved raising my Silkies too. But having so many other responsibilities it finally became too much and I sold out.