Wednesday, June 4, 2014

20 Chicks

We moved the 20 chicks outside that have been in the garage. The chicks were between five and six weeks old and needed to be outside. 14 of the chicks are the brown Ameraucana ones that I bought by mailorder. The other six chicks are the black Australorps that I hatched out with our incubator.

Even though they're different breeds, they get along fine. Any trouble will arise later if we have two or more males in the bunch. At the moment, they're just playful.

We had the chicks locked up inside the coop for the first two days, in an effort to give them a sense of home. It may take them awhile to learn to go inside the coop at night. Until then, we're having to gather them up, one by one, and put them inside the coop.

We kept the 20 chicks locked up inside the coop for a couple of days.

Here's a view of the inside of the coop.
I make a mush of their feed and water.

They love the mush and will climb on top of each other to get to it.

I keep all the doors and flaps open during the day to air out the coop.

The big chickens were very curious about the little chicks.

I give them a little mush in the evenings to make catching them a little easier.

They seem happy in their new home.

They can fit through the fencing, but so far it hasn't been a problem.

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