Such adorable, sweet, fluffy, balls of cute, right? Well, three weeks into a chicks life, you go through a scary transformation. They are getting their feathers, they are getting big and awkward. So, I present to you these lovely pictures of my three week old chickosaurses.
|Thought this lady was a production red, but after further research think she is a red sex-link.|
|Thought this lady was going to be a leghorn. They are pure white...but...she just got a dark feather!|
|One of our barred rocks.|
|Thought this was a barred rock, now totally unsure. Could be an australorp, or cuckoo maran.|
|On the left a maybe barred rock, a barred rock.|
|Another maybe australorp, maybe cuckoo maran.|
|Barred rock rooster!|
Here are some things I've learned so far from having chicks...
-they are messy. As in, they don't care where they poop, the love scratching through their shavings and flicking them into their grit, food, and water.
-they eat a lot. As in three weeks we've gone through almost an entire 40 pound bag of food.
-they love treats. My chicks were scared of me before the introduction of treats, now they flock to my hand when I put it in. Now, if I walk by without throwing something to them they give me the stink eye!
-they constantly peep. They only stop when they sleep and even then usually someone is awake to peepy cheep.
-they don't sleep as much as I though. With most newborn animals they sleep a lot. Chicks don't. They sleep for maybe 15-30 minutes at a time before they are playing and scratching and eating.
-they do chicken things when they are chicks. I though they would be clumsy babies, and it would take time to learn chicken skills. However, I put a stick in there and they knew they should try to sleep on it, they scratch and forage for food like pros, and you should see them dust bathe!
-they grow so fast. Within 3 days of having them I noticed they looked bigger, and husband confirmed. Now at three weeks we're at this crazy feather growing stage. We have only about 20 weeks until we get our first egg!
-they are not picky. They don't care what their coop, or brooder look like. They just care about each other and food.