Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chick Field Trip!

The new chicks are now about 2 weeks old.  It was time to take a field trip from their brooder (in our basement office!) to an outdoor pen.

Due to the heat this week, we could only have them out for about 45 min while I cleaned up their homes inside.  They are SO ready to get out - at least they think so, in their little chicken brains.  But they aren't ready yet for full-time outdoor living.

This one jumped up and was ready to go!

The others look in envy - they love to perch up on my hand or arm, usually while I'm trying to do something productive like clean their food... which is sheer folly as they are so naughty that it is messed up as quickly as I clean it.

Trying out a few first to see how they do.  They must be watched constantly as they are open to predators and they just don't really make very good decisions (like sticking their heads though the chicken wire!  Therefore, someone must be on alert at all times.

Soon we had all 35 chicks out on the clean grass and weeds and they settled in pretty quickly.  But soon after, it was time to go back in.

All that playing is exhausting, time for a nap.  (Kailyn with "Cindy" - name short for "Cinnamon" because she is the only one with cinnamon coloring.)

We are learning so much more about raising chickens, and still have much more to learn.  But it's a fun experience and we're looking forward to more healthy eggs to share with our community.

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.  
Psalm 36:6