Yeah, I can’t really call them chicks anymore. It’s kind of sad, but that’s mitigated by the promise of fresh eggs.
Also, the extra Buff Orpington chick the hatchery sent along is a cockerel! His name is Chunky, because he got bigger, faster than the hens. Now we know why.
They like milk.
They are extremely entertaining to watch.
A 2 week old Black Australorp.
The chicks are growing so quickly, they turned 3 weeks old on the 16th. My Mom and I took them outside for the first time a week ago. They loved scratching around in the grass. They laid down in the sun and stretched out their wings as if to say “Aaaah!”
The first outing.
Me and my sleepy chicken.
I took Chunky Buff out of the box and she settled right down on the grass. Then she wanted to go back to her friends so I put her back.
These little, feathery fluffballs make me so happy! No matter what horror stories people may tell you about poo and stink and pecking, chickens are great birds.
They arrived on Friday, as scheduled. Two extras were added to our order, one of which died, so we have a total of 17 chicks.
They immediately went to scratch in the feed.
We’re using pine shavings for bedding, but for the first 2 days I put paper towels down so they wouldn’t confuse food with bedding. When we first put them in the brooder we dipped their beaks in the water to teach them to drink.
- A Buff Orpington chick taking a nip from the font.
They’re very well handled birds, as you can see.
My sister holding a sleeping chick.
We got one rooster, a Black Australorp. His name is Gregory Peck. As of tomorrow, they’ll be officially one week old. Feathers are coming in one their wings, and just starting on their tails. They’re so cute! More pictures will certainly be posted as they grow.
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I have not posted in over 2 weeks! Worse, I haven’t even been working on any of the unfinished projects mentioned last post. (Except one row on the shawl.)
That said, I do have a life, despite the doubts of some people, and lately my brain has been filled with thoughts of chickens. We’ve been wanting laying hens for some time now and already have a coop; we just need to set up a spot for the chicks, get feed and bedding, etc. The peeps will be coming in mid-July so stay tuned!
Shake It To The Left by Kim Newburg
My parents and I went to a poultry swap and farmers’ market on Saturday. I really enjoyed seeing all the birds (mostly exotics and show birds) and holding the chicks. There were rabbit and goat sellers as well. I held the most adorable Netherlands Dwarf bunny! It was mostly white with brown markings, tiny and oh so soft! (I’m a nut for cute, fluffy animals.)
Random fact: It takes 2 lbs of feed to produce 1 lb of chicken, as opposed to 20 lbs of feed to get 1 lb of beef.