Thursday, March 3, 2011

Chick segregation no more - in the new home

The chicks are all growing so fast.  This second batch is not as people-friendly as Chicken Little, our first hatch.  I don't handle them as much since there are so many of them.

They all needed to be in a bigger "home".  They can't be outside yet because it is too cold and the other chickens who are adapted would probably kill them.   Same for Chicken Little.  So we built a big sturdy wooden enclosure for them.  It is in the basement in a small, rarely used workshop room.

Prior to this Chicken Little had been by him/herself in a box and the chicks in another.  We started by introducing CL by just peeking in the box.  CL seemed interested.  We did this for a couple of days.

After that, when the box was ready I actually integrated them all together in the box below.  Yes it was tight but I figured it there were any problems I'd know quite quickly.  I observed no problems and just kept checking on them.  No squawking or any distress noises so it was going well.  They were all getting along fantastic.  I think CL was finally happy to have some company.  The other chicks may not have been as happy but since they are smaller then CL they were forced to accept him.

So they all are doing great being together and in their new home. CL now has to share the mirror and the other chicks seemed kind of fascinated by their reflection.

I can't wait until it gets warm enough for them to go outside and live, eat drink, etc.  That day is coming soon. Till then they are quite content in their new digs.

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