It’s been ten days since our new chicks arrived and we haven’t killed any of them yet. Not that I expect to, but it wouldn’t have surprised me if we did.
It’s mid-morning and they’re relaxing in their heated brooder after eating a hearty breakfast. They also have a guest, probably one of the sisters of our largest Silkie. Kim’s friend got two Silkies from the same place about a day or so before we got ours. Unfortunately, one of them was eaten by something while they were in her backyard, at least that’s what everyone suspects. All that was left was a bunch of feathers scattered in the grass when she returned home. Poor chick.
Anyway, she asked us to chicken-sit for her until after Easter, so now our babies have a new friend to play with…or run from, depending on her mood.
We are supplementing their feed by giving them meal worms as a treat, so when our hand gets near them the largest Silkie gets excited because she thinks she’s getting another treat. Here she is sticking her head up right before…
…she runs to us to search, peck, and demand some treats…silly girl. You don’t suppose she’s a little spoiled, do you?
Here she is again, posing for the camera.
This is our brown, baby Silkie. She’s one of the smallest chicks in the flock and often gets pushed out of the way by the others when it’s feeding time. Don’t get me wrong, she’s no wallflower. She climbs on their heads if she needs to, but her size makes it difficult for her to get the treats before all the others.
Here’s one of our Ameraucanas at about two weeks of age. Isn’t she beautiful? If they all keep growing at this pace, we’ll need another brooder soon.