Wow. I forgot how smelly chickens are when they are residing in your living space. The little chicks are getting big quick. And chickens poop. A lot. No really, a lot A LOT. Which is one of the awesome reasons to have them… not only do you get amazing eggs, but you also receive tons of amazing fertilizer.
It is only fantastic, however, when they are living outside. When they are in your basement? Not so much.
What are they up to?
- They like to hang out on top of the waterer (and poop).
- They are learning to fly within the brooder.
- Roost on top of their food trough (and poop).
- One flew out when I took the lid off. The first escapee!
- They peck at the sides when I am filling up their food.
- Most of them will eat out of my hands.
- I hear their cheeping from all the way upstairs (and in the back of the house, with the door closed and the dishwasher running). I think they are working out the pecking order. When I come down to check though, they stop, stare at me and scurry to the corner as if to say “Move along now. Nothing to see here.”
If you want to see how the girls have grown you can check out at about 1 week (including how I set up their brooder), about 2 weeks and about 3½ weeks. They are about 5½ weeks now (except the older Black Australorp who is about 7½ weeks). Do check back to compare them to now…it is really pretty amazing how quickly they grow and how much they change.
The coop is coming along. We gathered all the necessary wood to expand our current coop to accommodate the new flock. It has rained so much we ended up painting all the pieces in the basement over a few days. We are ready to get it all put together now, cross our fingers and hope for the best!
We should have all our names picked up in the next week or so. We know at least 3 of them!