Our new chicks have been home now for two weeks. Oh, how time flies. And chicks do, too. Both Hazel and Indigo have made it to perches on top of the feeder and waterer, and Indigo attempted (and failed) to make it out of the brooder. Koko likes to fly straight up, in the corner. I'm not sure what's she's expecting to happen.
|Indigo. Seconds later, she made a break for the top of the brooder. She *almost* made it.|
This week we put the screen on top of the brooder to prevent escapees, which I think is earlier than last year. But I was just reading last year's two week chick update, and apparently those chicks were flying and escaping at two weeks, too. I also added a "hat" to the waterer, to keep the chicks from using it as a stepping stone.
These chicks are so messy! I changed that water about 10 minutes before the picture was taken, and there were already pine shavings in it. Because of this, I'll be working on setting up a nipple waterer for the chicks this week.
I did not put a hat on the feeder (soon), but I did have a brilliant idea regarding the feeder. Last years' chicks were constantly knocking their feeder over when they got to be around 5 weeks old, so I decided to bungee cord the feeder into a corner of the brooder this time.
Except I wasn't sure where Hubby hides the bungee cords, so I used an elastic hair band. There are paperclips holding it in place on the outside of the brooder.
I did a little redecorating in the brooder. I hung the mirror, which up until then had been propped up in a corner. The chicks are obsessed with this mirror. I think they think it's a window and there are more chicks on the other side.
|Koko, Indigo, Hazel|
This is the corner Koko likes to fly up in.
Hazel dust bathing, and Koko "helping"
|Koko, perching on Bubby's hand, with Indigo in the background|
In other news, I collected three eggs on Monday. Esther lays green.
|Rocky, Toasty, Esther. Finally.|