We’ve had our six chicks for a week and a day now.
This has been a lot like being a first time parent. We don’t know what we’re doing but it is turning out okay anyway.
Just for comparison, here’s a pic from last week followed by today…
I grabbed some turf a few days ago. I installed the clump of sandy dirt and grass in the pen with the chicks. Things got lively–those little guys played tug o’war with the grass. The chicks would also take turns knocking each other off the clod. Sheer entertainment.
Mainly, the changes I see are that the chicks are lengthening. They have necks now. Their legs are taller and their body length has increased.
I’ve never seen chicks sleep on their own (without a mama) before. They lay like roadkill–necks stretched out and beaks pointing straight or even down. I’ll have to take a pic of it.
The chicks are developing wings. I may have to cut some feathers in the future. We’ll see how high they can flutter. Their tail feathers are developing as well.
We’re using a standard jar waterer, but I don’t like it. There’s too much water ending up in the shavings. I’m going to look for an alternative.