The chicks are two weeks old now. They are changing day by day. I’m a bit shocked by how fast they are growing. Relatedly, I am a bit shocked by how much they eat.
Yesterday morning my daughter called out, “Mom! Come here!” in that voice that means something is really, actually wrong. One of the Austra White chicks was standing on top of the wire mesh that loosely covers their home, a large rubbermaid rough tote I call the Chicken Pack-n-Play.
There were small gaps – maybe 2″ squares – in between the strips of mesh, but we figured the angle would male it pretty much impossible for any chickens to escape, especially since until about 3 days ago they were about as aerodynamically gifted as a cotton ball.
Clearly, they enjoy proving us wrong.
Here’s how the girls are growing:
The Austra Whites. Flightly little escape artists (it’s the Leghorn in them), you can’t trust ‘em for a minute.
Barred Rocks, starting to see those pretty stripes. One of these is towards the top of the pecking order.
Ameraucana. One is very docile and gets pecked a bit already. They both tolerate our handling better than the others. I found one of the Ameraucanas hiding out alone under the tupperware that raises up the waterer and am worried she’s not doing so well. Seems a bit isolated. Thoughts?
They do enjoy their Ikea tea-light holder perch. They all crowd up there.
I have some cute video of one of the Barred Rocks attempting a beak-pull-up on the mesh. Right now iMovie is being recalcitrant so I can’t edit it but I’ll try to put it over the weekend.
How are your chickens growing?