Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The first video is of Little Red (Rhode Island Red) and Sussy (Speckled Sussex) that are 2 weeks old. They are very flighty and don't like "human" interaction. However, when Blaine recorded a short video of them and myself ~ he caught a first on camera... Delightful!
Atti (Plymouth Barred Rock - black) and Bo Peep (Buff Orpinton - gold) are now a month old. They have been interactive from an early age. Atti has quite an attitude, but loves to roost on my arm and she and Bo Peep get along quite well. Love each girl's uniqueness!
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
We brought home our newest baby chicks on Saturday evening. A Specked Sussex and Rhode Island Red. They already have ALOT of personality. Sussex is a cuddler, while the Red is an on-the-go, beak-to-beak with Atti kind of gal.
Size comparison: Bo Peep and Atti on the left (19 days old) and new babies!
Speckled Sussex on left (calling her Sussy) and Rhode Island Red (calling her Little Red).
We'll see if their names stick or not...
Another adventures begins!
Friday, March 2, 2012
Tomorrow evening, Blaine and I are picking up are other 2 baby chickens; a Rhode Island Red and a Speckled Sussex. Unfortunately, the breeds I wanted didn't all arrive in the same hatch. I would have preferred getting them all together, but I am hopeful they will all integrate together well in a week or two.
Knowing that our new babies will be here tomorrow, Blaine and I had to tackle the brooder box modification tonight. Chickens have a pecking order and our 2 week old chickens cannot immediately be in the same area as our newly hatched chickens. After they've met through chicken wire in the brooder box and the babies have some growth time, we will remove the barrier and hopefully everyone will get along.
My handyman and awesome project partner!
Cutting and bending chicken wire (so hopefully none of the girls poke themselves) was not a really fun job...
It took many attempts to finally get the chicken wire properly fitted around the chicken feeder that all the chickens must share.
Blaine found a great solution to cover the wire ends and secure it to the box.
WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED TO OUR HOUSE????
Atti (Short for Attitude; the Barred Rock) and Bo Peep (Buff Orpinton) are growing and growing. It's always interesting interacting with them. Our yellow lab, Coco, is still quite fascinated with them and loves to stare at them. However, when you pick one up she backs up.
This weekend, we will be adding 2 additional baby girls ~ a Rhode Island Red and a Speckled Sussex. Blaine and I are going to split the brooder in half, so there is a chicken fencing wall between them until the older chickens get to know the younger ones (and they grow a bit) ~ and hopefully all will go smoothly when they are combined.
If you look at the pictures closely, you'll notice that Coco has her neck pulled tight toward herself when Bo Peep is on my hand, but is hanging her head over the brooder box when the chickens are on the ground... Loving my new adventure!