Happy New Year from all of us at Cabin Cove Farm
New Chicks this month! 2 Buff Orpingtons and 2 Speckled Sussex. They are so cute you want to just kiss them, snuggle them, hold them. But you can't do any of that with such little babies. They are so delicate right now and have to be kept safe. Oh gosh we hope they are all hens and there are no roos. LOL
Oh my are they getting cute! I have them in a brooder in our mud room and I get to see them as much as I want. It's a lot of work but so worth it.
We are putting the chicks in the chicken tractor out the back door so we can keep an eye on them and get them used to being outside. We started with just a couple of hours a day but they want to be out there the whole day! We put them out in the morning and then put them in at around 7. We're hoping they'll take that structure with them to the big coop.
The chicks graduated to the big coop. We are pretty sure at this point they are all girls. Yaaaayyy!!! I hate to have to give one away like last year. We can't keep a roo. Oh boy did the big girls take it not so good. Lillian, the lowest on the big girl rung, went after them mercilously. We finally started separating them, which we had to do anyway, because we need to keep the chicks in the coop for a number of days to make sure they know that's home. So keeping them in the coop gave the big girls time to settle down, which they really didn't, they are furious these new girls are invading their space.
We are still having to pick up the chicks and put them in the coop. We tried to let them stay out until almost dark thinking they would try to fly in but no, they were all scrunched up tight together in a little ball in front of the doorway, waiting for us!! So, we picked them up and put them in the coop.
The little ones know how to stay away from the big ones really well. They stay out of their way! Can you believe we are still putting them in the coop! I think they think that is the way it's supposed to be! I can't believe it! They are still only 14 weeks old. I can't help myself, I still talk to them like they are babies. And they coo back at me. AWWWWWWW