Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Chicks Are Growing Up

The six new chicks are nearly two months old now. They lived in a cage inside the house for the first couple of weeks and then I moved the cage out to the coop for another couple of weeks. Eventually we go to the point where we let the adult chickens out for the day and let the chicks have run of the coop and the supermax. They were afraid of the adult hens, with good reason, so we put up a cabbage crate out in their yard. The slats at either end are large enough for them to get in but too small for a hen to chase after them.

Last week we let the chicks, who are half the size of the adults out in the fenced garden area to get them used to the world out side and finally this weekend we let them out into the whole world with the hens. The new chicks stayed to themselves and the adult chickens didn't even regard them. They are all getting along just fine.

It's nice getting to this point of integration. Wait until they get their next rude awakening of what it is that roosters do.


Blogger darev2005 said...

Isn't that always the way of it? It seems like no sooner do you come out of your shell then some cocky bastard comes along and you're f*cked.

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chicken is really man's best friend because you can eat him before he is born and after he is dead.

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, you crack me up.

Anon, that borders on weird...

4:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started the chore of fencing off part of my run so I can start the intro process for my new chicks in a couple weeks.

It'll be interesting since I'll be introducing 6 new comers to 2 hens and a roo.

8:35 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Just give them a good place to hide where the others can't get to them.

5:38 AM  

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