by Tammy Taylor
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As we continue on this new journey of raising chicks for the very first time, I thought it would be fun to show you how they’re doing these days. We’ve moved their small temporary coop outside but still close to the house so we can keep an eye on them. (for those of you asking which coop we decided on, it’s this * portable coop) Although we felt we needed to fortify the coop to make it sturdier, by doing so we were able to use it as a chicken tractor & move it each day to fresh grass.
We also enjoy allowing the chickens in the garden area. To keep them confined we borrowed a small temporary dog kennel and placed them inside with a section of fencing over the top. They love being in the garden to be able to stretch their wings a bit, and they’re able to catch some bugs and eat the squash bugs I throw to them. win/win!
The Hybrid Ideal 236 chicks are growing well, turning from their first fuzzy yellow to bright white feathers. They’re not near as large as the Minorcas but the Ideals are supposed to lay larger eggs so we purchased three of the chicks back in April.
We also purchased three Black Minorcas at the same time. Now that they are 7 weeks old we know the smaller of the two Minorcas pictured below is a rooster. It’s funny hearing him attempt to crow in the mornings, he sounds like a 14-year-old choir boy going through a voice change! LOL But he’s beautiful and as long as he doesn’t get overly aggressive we’ll get along just fine. We think the larger Black Minorca is a female, and I think she is just striking! I’ve not heard any of the others crow so fingers crossed we only have one rooster.
But we realize that to keep them as healthy as they can possibly be we need to allow them free-range on grass and bugs so today we took a big step – we opened the coop door and allowed them to run free. And run they did, they almost didn’t know what to do with themselves! I was reminded of a 3 year old in a candy store, not knowing which jar of candy to grab first. It was quite amusing to watch
We’re pleased that they seem to want to stay close to the coop but we’re keeping a close eye on them for a few days just to make sure. We’ll lock them securely inside the coop each night and allow them out to roam during the day. The next step is to fortify the floor of our 1880 barn’s coop and they will call that home when they’re just a little older.
So far it’s been a blast raising these little guys. Of course I worry about predator danger but so far we’ve been able to keep them safe and healthy. I can’t wait to see what the next month holds!
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