Chick Update

It is so amazing to watch the chicks grow and change so quickly.  We have been taking weekly photos (we took photos the day they arrived, then at one week, and now at two weeks) and it makes it much easier to see the changes, even though we are seeing them change a little each day.  Here are the two-week old pics.  The kids have picked some chicks that they can tell apart from the others and named them.  Those are the ones we photograph each week.

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Sophie – we are guessing she is an EE

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Big Red – a Rhode Island Red

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Daisy/Speckles – she is an Ancona (my daughter hasn’t decided on a name yet because she knows she will look very different as an adult)

sophie 2 wk

Sophie

With the growing and the new feathers we have had to make the brooder more secure.  These girls have been flapping their way almost to the top edge of the cardboard and we don’t want them to get out, especially since it is very cold in the mud room and if they get out and we don’t realize it they will likely freeze to death.

Here is our original set-up, a round cardboard draft shield and the smaller water and feeder:102_9343

Now we have expanded the draft shield, added an x-pen, and built a screen lid.  Plus they are now using a big feeder, and we decided we want to train them on “chicken nipple” type waterers to eliminate the mess and annoyance of a regular waterer.  So they still have the small waterer (which we have been having to refill 3-4 times a day) while we wait for the chicken nipples to arrive.  We didn’t want to buy a bigger waterer if we knew we were going to switch to the chicken nipples anyway. 102_9385 102_9386The papers on the front are some of the kids’ chicken project papers.  We have been using the arrival of the chicks, alongside our science curriculum bird unit, for our homeschool.  It makes it so much more real for them to get to watch the birds grow and change, to examine flight feathers vs down feathers, to see them peck and scratch and watch their behavior.  We have really been enjoying having this as our science for now.  Real, living science!

2 thoughts on “Chick Update

  1. Cute, cute, cute! Keep handling them so they’ll make nice pets when they grow up. I wish my chickens had been held as chicks but I didn’t get them until they were about 16 weeks and by then they had decided being handled was not for them.

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