Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wonder Chick at 15 Days
This little girl is just being a show-off, or getting ready for the Chix Olympics!! They love to run and they will climb on anything they can. In this picture the heat lamp is making an orange spot in the background. I try to keep the temperature around 80 degrees. Usually I have windows open too, so that the humidity doesn't get too high. I check in with them at least 5 times a day.
You can see the feathers they are growing. Also you can see the seams of bare skin that show where they are outgrowing their feathers. Every day they are getting bigger.They have tripled their coop area. They are starting to use an adult feeder and a bigger watering jug. It will warm up next week and they will have more feathers to handle the range of temperatures. Then I will get them moved into the main coop area.
I have been feeding them a mix of Organic grains. This is the first time I have used this feed. It seems to be going well. When I refill the feeder I make a mush of the uneaten feed, so they eat everything without them totally emptying the feeder. Each morning I have been bringing in a big bouquet of clover plants. They start pecking on the clover heads. When they get outside their whole yard is planted in clover.
So far I am behind in my yard fencing..... it is about 50x100 and I have got a lot of fencing to do yet! I'll make it my big project tomorrow.
Sunday I had a big day in the woods. I put my chainsaw in the trailer and spent the afternoon clearing the wind-falls off the trails. It was glorious! Then I made a mistake and hurt my ankle. When I came back to the cottage, Stoney got ice on my ankle and took over chicken care for the next two days. I am so lucky that she 'has my back'. So this has been a week of hobbling, limping, icing and walking slow. Today we went up on the hill and watch the storm clouds blowing over. I am so lucky.