i know you’re holding your breath out there, wondering how our adventures in chick raising are going. so:
- teenager chicks are doing okay in the big hoop coop. a couple of hens are chasing the cockerels, picking their feathers when they don’t run fast enough. the teens are mostly hiding on the roost together, or loosely huddling in the corner. the two groups are mostly leaving each other alone. the rooster/daddy is ignoring the teens completely, so that helps. the teens are eating and drinking and will be fine, i predict.
- mama (the one with the lone chick who hatched 8/9/10) has adopted the new chick. she doesn’t like being cooped up, so she’s restless and pace-y. but she is feeding and protecting them both. the two-day-old chick is visibly smaller and more new-acting; that is, he seems to want to snuggle up and sleep, whereas the eight-day-old chick and mama want to jump/scratch/play. but she sat on him and gave him a nap while i was watching this morning, so she’s not ignoring his needs.
- the newest mama is doing a great job mothering her three. she doesn’t even know i took one. the babies are so cute, and she’s teaching them to eat and drink. her mama cluck/”come-eat-this” cluck is different than the other mama’s. so interesting.
hoping/praying the mamas adopt a whole lot of chicks tomorrow!