Chickens are like potato chips…

You can’t eat just 1 or 2 or 5 or 10 or more -or- in this case can’t just have 5 or 10 or 20 or more… And with that in mind meet our newest baby chicks…

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Yes we just got 4 more about 2+ months ago, but one turned out to be a rooster (more on that later), we lost one of our buffs on Easter, and I got more requests for eggs. So hubby and I saw these girls and had to try out some new brown laying breeds. So we got 8 more…

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We did get one additional Americana that would lay colored eggs (green/blue), but the rest lay brown. This includes three Speckled Sussex, two coco marans, one amberlink, and one barnevelder. Unfortunately we lost our Americana about 3 days in. We think she got smothered by her sisters or something, she was very small, it was very sad 😦  She was fine in the morning but by mid day when I got home from work she couldn’t stand and wasn’t eating or drinking. We kept her alive for a few more hours before she passed.

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Our hen house in a few months will include a colorful array of chickens. And we will be up to 10 different varieties of chickens.

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So if you have one of our new breeds in your hen house let us know what you like and even what you don’t like about them. We are eagerly learning more about all new breads. (Lets just hope none of these babies are roosters 😉 )

 

Adventures for Baby Chicks

Our baby chicks are growing and as you know from my last post are able to regulate their body temperature enough where they can be out in the yard on nice warm days.

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As you can see from the above photo when they go outside they are placed in our newly built chicken tractor so they are safe to explore and birds or other things can’t get to them.

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At first they were very timid and huddled together when they went out. But now they jump, run around, explore, peck at the grass, and act almost like a big chicken would.

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Its really funny to watch them fight over spaces even though they have a big chicken tractor to be in. Their favorite space is a laying box we put in there for them to get used to.

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This white baby chick thinks she rules the roost sometimes…

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But she usually gets pushed out of the box after a while.

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They are also learning to use a big girl water feeder…

Chick water

They got used to that pretty fast.

Chicks water

For the most part the big chickens ignore the baby’s in their pen. Maybe because I haven’t planted my garden yet so they get to go into that to scratch in during the day…

Big Chicks

Still they are pretty close together, yet enjoying their own unique spaces I guess.

Chick yard

The baby chicks just enjoy each day they get to be out and right now they are fast asleep back inside and in their heat lamp area. Night Night baby chicks 🙂

 

 

Chickies ‘Outside the Box’

Our chicks are three weeks old and have wings… 🙂Chick 3 weekLook at those wings… They are so cute 😉 I just love chickens growing wings. They are just so fluffy, fuzzy, and frizzled 🙂 This chick was having a bad hair day and was messing around in my laundry… funny girl. 😉Chick 3 weeksThe chicks got out of their box house briefly today to wander in our brick fire-place area, where we keep some of our winter wood by the stove. They then went back in their pumpkin box before they got too cold. Chick week 3They seemed to enjoy their adventure and it gave them a new experience to the life ‘outside the box’ 😉

Week by Week Growth of Baby Chicks

For those of you who have been following my chicks growth I thought I would share the past couple weeks in photos so you can see how they really grow fast.

To start here they are at about 3-4 days old…Chick week 1

Then here they are at about a week and a day…4 chicks week 1

And finally here they are today at two weeks and two days…4 chicks week 2

It is amazing how fast their wings are coming in… some faster than others. They are getting more active and trying to fly, scratch, and explore. They are getting new things to explore each day. Today they got some cut flowers to check out that I had on the table and it was time to change out. Now they had no slime or anything bad on them, they were mostly dried out and ready to be tossed. Instead the baby chicks got them in their box to check out. They really seemed to like pecking at the dried flower and stem. I am glad we raise chicks… it is a great way to get outside of your own head and focus on helping something grow. It is a nice feeling and I am glad we have the space and time to devote to good animal care. This includes thinking outside of the box and giving the girls something new and safe to explore each day 🙂 Happy Wednesday 🙂

Chicks Growing Feathers

Our ladies are starting to get their feather tips (as I call them) I guess it’s the start of the scapular feathers, which usually come in about 3 weeks of age. You can see them well on the girl in the front of all the ladies (I think she is the photo star of them all as she seemed to like her picture being taken and would stand still for me.) Chicks 6 days old

They are so cute and active. Mostly quiet as they chirp, but not too much unless we are messing with them. We try to handle them a few times a day so they get used to it and it makes it easier when they get older to catch them to check them over or get them if they are sick. Chick 6 days

Today the girls had another ‘photo shoot’ and were fairly good subjects… too bad my camera was acting up, but I still got some good shots…Chick d days oldChicks 6 days

Our second go around with chick raising is going well and it is a lot less nerve-racking this time as we know more of what we are doing. Today is my last day of vacation and as with all vacations it went by way too fast. I do feel like it was a good one though as we got a lot done and got some needed rest. Hope you have a blessed week 🙂

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It was another cloudy day, but the sun still tried to come out to play. We had a lot to do today and got it all done 🙂 The boys got to go with us all day and had a good time riding in their Daddy’s truck. On our travels we saw this big guy staring at us when we were at a stop sign…Cow Face

Happy Monday Mr. Cow… Have a happy week 😉