Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Chick progression, week 3
Americauna (Easter Egger)
Rhode Island Red
Here are the little darlings at week 3. I made my husband call them that (little darlings) yesterday as he was picking them up. It calms them down, of course. He was saying it in a tone that was rather too sarcastic for my taste though.
They are going through an awkward stage. Growing into their feathers.
Yesterday it was time for their introduction to the great outdoors. We put chicken wire around some trees and let them run around in the sun.
They weren't interested, at first - I had to literally shake them out of the box. Even then, a few of them clung to the side, desparately trying to scramble back in.
Birds just don't like change.
But once they were outside for a little while, they realized that they might be having fun.
There's still a lot of leaping going on, only now with wing-assist. So it's actually a flying leap.
They enjoy taking flying leaps at each other and play-fighting. I believe they're establishing the pecking order.
Jasmine had to be locked up for a little while because she wasn't behaving.
And even though my husband had told me to watch my head, I didn't. I was concentrating on picking up chicks instead, and wondering why they always seem to think that we're out to kill them.
So now I know what it feels like to be whacked in the back of the head with rebar. (It hurts!)