Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chick Update

I have had the new Chicks for two weeks now and they are so much bigger now. I though it was time to show off the Kids again!

And here they are! They seem to be putting on the feathers well.

And this little girl seems to be the biggest of the flock!

They are always running around the brooder and trying out their wings. They do not trust me and they do not like to be handled much. The one in the upper left is "Chipmunk". I can tell because the stripe on her head is more brown the that on "Odd Ball".

They are in need of a roost and I need to get one put together. The other day it was 84 degrees outside and much warmer than that up stairs. All of them were holding their wings out and patting. So I turned out the heat lamp and opened the windows to get some air flow going. I left it that way when I went to work that night and when I got home the next morning, it was in the 50's. They were all huddled in a corner of the brooder, so I turned the lamp back on and closed the windows.
They were ready for breakfast and some cool, clean water. They are getting to the point of not having enough room in the brooder. And I have had to put a top cover on it. I'm afraid that they will figure out that they can jump up to the top and get out. And I do not need them running around the room upstairs.
So the first thing I will have to do on my time off is, Get a coop built! And figure out some fencing! I have an idea of using PVC to build a temporary fence until the budget will allow me to get the stuff to build a proper fence and a better coop.
After all, The Easter Egger's will be in the 16TH! MORE BABY'S!
Tom

13 comments:

  1. They grow so fast. Yours remind me exactly like our first chicks. Same colorations. They turned into great layers.

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    1. Leigh,
      For the first week they didn't see to change much. Then, BOOM, the next week they all doubled in size! And they all eat like there is no tomorrow!
      It's cold here tonight (34 for a low) and I just went to check on them. Heat lamp is back on and I gave them more food for the night.
      They are going to need more room soon!
      Tom

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  2. When you first get the fuzzy little chicks, they seem like they just might be like that forever. Ha! They grow so fast that it's hard to keep up with their housing and various other needs. Before you know it, you'll have eggs!

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    1. Mama Pea,
      They seem bigger each time I see them. Gotta get the coop built this week and figure out some fencing!
      I will be glad when I can move them outside!
      Tom

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  3. What kind of chicks are those? Don't they grow so fast?!

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    1. Lisa,
      according to the hardware store, there are 4 Brown Leg Horne's and 2 Rhode Island Reds.
      I have had them 3 weeks now and had to put a top on the brooder to keep them in. You are right, they seem to grow more each day.
      I have spent the past two days sorting thru the wood I have to see what I have to work with to get a coop built. But the nights here are still pretty cold (37 for a low tonight) and I have one more day of vacation So the coop will have to wait until next week.
      Tom

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  4. Oh how awesome! They are getting into their awkward cute-but-in-an-ugly-way stage. Hope you can get your coop built in time.

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    1. Vacation over and back to work. But coop building planed for Wednesday!
      To try and get them use to being handled, I have been feeding them by hand each morning. And I have even started to feed them a slice of bread at night. It seems to be working!
      Tom

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  5. Tom, sorry for any emails that may have come from me. I have been spammed or hacked or whatever. Please know that I am truly sorry for any inconvience.
    I only just visit with people vis their comments.
    T

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  6. Tom, I'm still trying to find your e-mail with your mailing address so I can send your book. It's all wrapped... so frustrating. I don't know if it's dumping it in my spam or?? So, try e-mailing me at either sandrdixon@hotmail.com or rideaway_63@hotmail.com I will watch very carefully.

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  7. Thanks for visiting our blog. We will have to read your blog because we don't know a thing about worm farming, never even thought of it actually. Our chickens free roam, except during garden season, and they are always pulling worms out of the yard, imagine if we farmed worms, those chickens would think they had died and gone to heaven!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and I hope you will be back.
      Worms are a lot of fun and I have made some mistakes, But they producing a lot of casts that I use in the garden. It make a lot of diferance!
      Tom

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