chicken keeping

Chicks: Moving Day…

This is the third chapter in the story of this years chicks.  If you don’t really care about adorable babies, feel free to skip.  If you are interested in what is going on with the babies and enjoy keeping up with what is going on at our house, feel free to read on!  

The chicks are 3 weeks old now.  They have grown quite a bit now and are starting to get their adult feathers.  Some have bald patches from where the downy baby feathers were.  The boys have outgrown their tank so today we finished putting a tarp around the sides of our chicken tractor, Hubby made a few improvements, and we moved it out onto the grass.  The sun is shining today, but it can still be pretty chilly around here for a while yet so we need to keep sides on.  We also put the heat lamp inside the tractor because the nights are chilly.  

As you can see, they seem pretty happy with the new digs.  They are spread out, so they are warm enough.  They have more room to move and we put some logs and branches in for them to perch on.  I left the roof up to let the sunshine in.  

The girls are still in their tank.  They have plenty of room and the heat lamp is up higher.   We put a branch in their tank for them to perch on and they seem pretty happy with that.  I often find someone on the branch when I come out to check on them and feed them.  

When we moved the boys, I put the girls outside for some grass, bugs and sunshine.  First I used a dog kennel that was nearby.  Unfortunately, the wires are just wide enough apart for them to get out….  UGH..  

So I found the old rabbit cage and put them in there for a couple of hours.  They seemed ok with that, but didn’t quite know what to do.  They were much happier back inside their familiar tank.  

Next week, I will work on moving them into their next home.  I need to clean it out a bit and install the divider so that the big girls don’t kill the new babies.  They are too small and the big girls will literally peck them to death.  This way, they will have a safe place to get used to each other.  
Ok.. So here we are at next week….  yea..  last week seems to have flown right on by.  We went on a vacation last weekend for the long weekend and I didn’t write a thing.  nothing.  I took naps instead.  The chicks are now 4 weeks old.  

I cleaned out the new pen for the girls and they are quite happy in their new, larger surroundings.  

The boys are thoroughly enjoying their pen which we can move easily enough.  We have moved it daily this week now and they LOVE the new grass and bugs they can feed on.  I had to give them a larger water container but the food dishes seem adequate yet.  

More balding chicks and I am seeing more new feathers coming in..  Still adorable, no matter what my brother says…  

Blessings,

Vicki

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