Our youngest chicks are now a month old and we have taken them out a couple times into the yard in a protected area for some grass play time when it is warm enough.
Their play time was cut short today by a thunderstorm, but they seemed to enjoy the time they had.
They had been playing out of their pen under a heat lamp inside for a while now. But we really like them to get used to the outside if it is the right temperature and safe for them.
If they had been hatched here their mama would care for them and keep them safe. But without a mama bird we have to do things a little different.
We use a Tarter big burn ring to keep them corralled and put fencing over it so they don’t get out but can experience the sun and air.
We are in the process of getting our almost 3 month old chicks used to outside all day and the big girls used to them. Slowly getting their day time pen closer to the big girls. In the next 2-4 weeks we hope to have them outside full time and the other chickens accepting them into the flock. (Hopefully closer to 2 weeks 😉 )
Wish us luck with all these girl. This is the hard part, getting the old girls to accept the new ones. As well as getting rid of this rooster and the others in his group getting used to being without him. At least we have a trusty dog to help manage when they get a little out of hand 😉
My big girls have been out with the older hens for about two months and the last clutch we had their mother left them at six weeks but they’re doing really well too. I have a hen to hatch tomorrow and Friday and then will set another hen next week. She’s sitting on a glass egg in the nest now and gets so perturbed when I try to check for fresh eggs under her. I usually find one about every other day that was layed by someone else. Love my chickens!!
Yes chickens are exciting and never boring. Each new batch of babies is different and each time you incorporate new ones is new or interesting in some way. I’m just glad to only have one bunch of babies in my laundry room now. Glad things are going well for y’all. Thanks for the note and update. 🙂