In a flash there goes week two. Oh my how big they got. And they look really scruffy too. Crystal is a sweet heart and very calm. She lets Megan do anything to her and she hardly even peeps about. Darby is still a wild chick. She'll fly off the big chair, fit the ground and start running. I'm not sure if she is running to explore or if she is trying to get out of spending time with my wild child Emily. Honey is a gem and I love her. I'll hold her and she cuddles on me. If I had her in diapers I'd have her ride on my shoulder she really likes it. I don't have much planned for week three. This is a busy weekend so I don't know when the girls will have time to spend with their chicks. I will keep everyone updated as the week goes on. Happy Peeping.
The chicks are growing like weeds. All of them have "real" feathers on their wings and Honey and Darby have the beginnings of tail feathers. They are starting to eat more too. I may have to upgrade to a larger food jar by the end of this next week. They are learning to scratch in their bedding to find food that has been miss placed. Darby will even scratch out a hole in the bedding all the way down to the cage floor! We put two toys in the brooder but so far they have ignored them. They aren't as freaked out anymore when Mugsy comes sniffing at the cage. I will try to get pictures of them with their wings spread out and maybe some flying practice video. That is if my computer doesn't try crashing on my again. It doesn't like my new digital camera.
Well, hope that you all keep coming back to watch our chicks grow some more in week two.
Now what about poops that happen when I'm holding them? Well, that's easy I use a poo towel. When the girls have them on the floor I use a poo blanket. And to make sure they don't step in it I just use a tissue and pick it up. The Poop isn't solid but it's not running either. I know it's gross but think frosting. :P Once they are big enough I'll get them chicken diapers to wear when they are wondering through the house. For more info and pictures of chickens in diapers go to Ruth's Chicken Diaper web site.
When he was a little over a year old I brought home my first litter of five abandoned kittens(three lived). He helped me raise them. He'd be at the kittens cage before I could get there. He cleaned their faces and bottoms for me. Two years ago came the second litter of four kittens. Mugsy was kind to them but didn't show the same enthusiasm as he did with the first litter. I guess after three kittens, and two human babies he must have been thinking, "Been there done that." LOL
Everything is going quite well. The family that I shared my order with came this morning to pick up their two chicks. So that leaves us with three little peeps. I'll get better pictures of them tomorrow and go into detail of who is who. I wanted them to get food, water and sleep before I started pushing a camera in the becks. As it is we have had several visits today by our neighbors who are all interested in our new and different pets. I'm lucky that my neighbors are supportive of our little adventure because I have no clue on how noisy they will be. X X Fingers crossed.
I have been working on the brooder all week. I used an old bunny cage that was left by the old owners of our house. It was a little rusted and dirty but a good sanding and scrubbing and a few cans of Galvanized steel Rustolium (sp) it looks brand new. You can't see it in the picture but I also put clear plastic on all the sides. I left the blue protective film on the plastic in the back for some color.
I asked other chicken parents what they used for bedding in their brooders and got a lot of different answers. Most said that pine shavings, straw or hay work good. I unfortunately can't use any of it due to horrible allergies. So I decided to use CareFresh Pet Bedding. It is free of all pine and ceder oils and has very little dust. It is on the expensive side but I'll deal with it. For the first day or so of having the chicks I put paper towels down on top of the bedding. I've heard that it will keep their attention on their food and not pecking at the bedding. I'll have to see how will it goes.
The food dish and water dish are all ready to go. I put them on top of a box lid that I duct taped so that they will be harder to tip over. I am using a pool thermometer that I checked against two different digital thermostats and it's right on with them. I also put a baby toy in there to see if the chicks will be interested in it. I'm still working on what to do with the heat lamp. I think I am going to try to hang it from the ceiling. The pole I attached to the brooder isn't tall enough. When I tested it the temp got to over 110 degrees. Way to hot. So I'll have to keep working at it.
So just five days left. I'll go to the post office on Monday to tell them about the chicks that are on their way. I'll get as many pictures and video of our first moments as I can. Stay tuned. :)