Chick Update – 7 weeks

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.

Coop by the house - Taylor-Made Ranch

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!

06-13 Chickens in the Garden - Taylor-Made RanchThe 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.

7 weeks Ideal 236 Chick - Taylor-Made Ranch

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.

7 weeks Black Minorca Rooster and Hen - Taylor-Made Ranch

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

Black Minorca Ideal 236 Chicks 7 weeks - Taylor-Made Ranch

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.

1880 Barn Chicken Coop - Taylor-Made Ranch

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!

~TMR~

 

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17 thoughts on “Chick Update – 7 weeks

  1. Carol J. Alexander

    Thank you for linking to the HomeAcre Hop. I hope to see you back this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-5/

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  2. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    What beautiful babies! We love our hens! Thank you for sharing your chicks last week at Tuesdays with a Twist! ‘Hope you’re all linked up this week! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  3. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    I just spent the last week with my family in California. My sister has chickens and the kids LOVE them. The eggs are a nice bonus! I finally made it back from my trip so my comments are late… Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Looking forward to seeing what you share this week! http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesdays-with-twist-12-with-more-guests.html

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  4. Lisa Lynn

    Cute pics, Tammy! Love the free range runners 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today! http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/06/the-homeacre-hop-24.html

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks LisaLynn – the chicks were like sugar-crazed toddlers – too funny. ~TMR~

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  5. Katharina

    Visiting from the Monday Menagerie! You seem to do great with your chickens! I recommend feeding them a handful of scratch every time you get them back in from free ranging. That way, they’ll come running when they see you and will learn to go back inside quickly, which is a good safety drill. We’ve had dogs or koyotes show up suddenly and it’s very helpful then to have well-trained chickens that are quick to get into their pen!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Excellent advice Katharina – we were wondering about how to gather them quickly should the need arise. Thank you so much for your input! ~TMR~

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  6. Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

    I’m in love with your barn’s coop! Thanks for sharing with the Clever Chicks. Looking forward to seeing more of your chickens and coop! Kathy Shea Mormino The Chicken Chick

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  7. sue

    Raising chickens seem to e the new thing out there. We have really been enjoying the fresh eggs from all our friends and family that have started raising them!! Thanks for sharen with us at One Sharendipity Pl. this weekend! sue @the2women.com

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  8. Backyard Chicken Lady

    How scary it would be to let my little ones out to free range! That is why I made their run so large (20″x16″) and I try to provide them everything they need inside…greenery, bugs, etc. Your flock is quite beautiful!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It was certainly a big step for us to allow them to roam – LOL. It helps that there are only six of the little guys. Thanks for your compliment! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL Candy – they really didn’t know which way to go they were so excited! ~TMR~

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  9. Fiona @ Finding Fifth

    Oh yes there is a noticeable difference between those two black chickens already. And I do love that photo of them all running.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I would think the rooster would grow bigger Fiona, but I guess you can’t use size as a gender determination. Leaning so much about chicks this year! ~TMR~

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