Our girls are growing up!
They are true teenagers......eating and sleeping the day away while their awkward bodies grow grow grow.
With the exception of making my house smell like a barn, these girls have been pretty easy to keep.
The first two weeks they lived in one of our over sized moving boxes. Just chick food, water, a heat lamp, and five fuzzy chicks in a box. We changed their bedding (pine shavings) every few days and listened to their peeping (alllll night long).
(oh ps. they are in my house because it's cold outside and we don't have a garage.....please don't keep them in your house if you don't have to)
By week 2 they were testing out their wings and getting too close to the box top.....time to move into a bigger place.
We took Charly's large dog crate (it's huge) and made a new home, with a door that latched and a roof overhead. As they've continued to grow and their fluff has magically transformed into feathers, they haven't needed anything more--just extra food (they never stop eating) and we have someone on vacuum duty 24 hours a day(seriously though, almost). They scratch and flap and flutter and spew their bedding out of their cozy home. And have I mentioned they stink? Because they do. We now change their bed daily--and let them roam around the yard as we do so. And they LOVE it. Pecking at bugs and stretching their wings. Being toted around by my little animal loving country girl.
They have their feathers now and will be out in their coop this weekend.....I can have my house back!
To see them as chicks (cuteness overload) and for breed info click HERE
Question for any chicken owners out there:
Our Pebbles is still really small. (3rd photo from the bottom) She eats and drinks just fine, and doesn't act sick in anyway.....she's just so far behind her sisters. Her beak is curved down and seemed long--and after talking with a helpful gent at the feed store I clipped her beak back a bit last weekend, to see if that would maybe help her get more food. (Never thought I'd be trimming a chicken's beak, that's for sure.) I've been reading up and learning that sometimes they just grow slower.....but I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this? Thanks!
If you are interested in getting chicks, I'm here to tell you that you can do it! It really is pretty easy so far. Your local feed store will have everything you need to get set-up....including the chicks themselves. It's still a while before we will be feasting on their beautiful eggs, but for now they really are quite the little entertainers.