Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Chicks, After the First Week

The first week with our little chicks has been so fun. I thought I'd share a few photos and what this experience has been like for us so far. For starters, we got the chicks when they were around a day or two old. The lady in the farm store warned me that sometimes one or two die, just from the adjustment or from unknown reasons. We immediately were attached to them so, I'm very relieved that ALL of them are doing well. Now, we just hope that they're all hens, because we really don't want roosters. This chicks are for fun and for eggs. Having a nasty rooster just wouldn't fly around here...sorry, couldn't help but throw that pun in. So anyway---we love these little chickies and we're hoping they're all hens. 
This precious girl always is right there, helping me clean our the brooder and giving them fresh food and water. When I'm cleaning the brooder, I sit her in a laundry basket, put this old blanket on her lap and she spends time with a few chicks at a time. The laundry basket seems to work really well for this. It helps her remember to stay still and seated, and it helps the chicks stay in one area.

One of the things I love most about this brooder that my Dad designed is how incredibly easy and safe it is to raise and lower the light. Each week, I'm raising it up a bit and slowly, they'll become less dependent on the heat. 

Paisley wanted to try feeding the chicks a Cheerio, when they sat with her. They weren't thrilled and I suppose that's because Judah's been worm hunting for them and apparently, worms are more exciting than Cheerios.
I wasn't sure if they'd pay any attention to the tiny roost inside of the brooder, but they actually use it a lot. Especially the black one, Woodbark. That Woodbark stands out in a crowd---she's a bundle of fun.
So, just to do a little comparison here. This is one of the Buff Orpington chicks exactly one week ago.
Here she is today. My goodness, I swear they look older by the hour! Pretty soon they'll be going through that awkward and less attractive teenage phase and I'll wonder what we've done and maybe I'll post less pictures. But then, they'll come into their own, start laying eggs and it'll all be fine and dandy.
Hope your week is going well. Tomorrow is the first day of spring and that makes me so very, very happy.

1 comment:

  1. Debra KillingsworthMarch 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    That's. A veru sweet & cute idea I think your mother would LOVE that ♥


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