Monday, May 3, 2010

The chicks are here!

The chicks are here! They are now 3 1/2 weeks old, and are really big. They only have about 1/3 of their bodies covered in fluff, and are feathering out nicely.
We had them in a brooder box inside, and just moved them outside to the newly constructed coop (the run is still under construction). When they were inside, they were living in a cardboard box with a vinyl floor and newspaper under a heat lamp. They are in total luxury now, with mulch bedding, and big roosting bars. They even got some chicken scratch this morning (ie pounded rice we had laying around), and pecked at it happily.
They have figured out how to use the ramp to get in and out of the backyard, although I have seen them sliding down it and then flying the last little bit. They seem to understand walking up it. They also seem to like standing in the doorway looking out.

We got three different breeds: Barred Rock, Aracuna, and Rhode Island Red. This should give us a multi-colored egg basket.

So far, the Barred Rock seems to like being handled more than the others. They are all growing at different rates. They travel in a flock together around the garden, and sleep in a big pile.
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