Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chickens! - Week 2

We've had our chickens for over a week now and you can definitely see how they've got different personalities. As groups we're seeing that the red ladies are growing faster, are more shy yet a bit less skittish and seem to be coming into their feathers faster than the more inquisitive black ones. They also tend to stay in groupings of their own colors. I told them I won't stand for segregation in this house so hopefully they'll come to be more comfortable with each other. So far no one has come to blows.

 "Get that camera out of my face!"



To get them used to us and us handling them we've begun spending time each day feeding them from our hands. At first they were completely afraid of our hands and arms entering their mini coop, but once one realized there was food on there (and that it wasn't a death trap) they all came running. Now when they see us starting to open up their coop (dog crate) they come looking for the food on our hands, even when there isn't any. It's silly because it's the same food in their food dispenser and that dispenser is full. Maybe they're bored.

You can start to see real feathers coming in already replacing the downy fluff they had when we first got them. They also walk around like mini dinosaurs. As they were pecking the crumbles of food off my palm today I imagined a flock of Compy's from Jurassic Park massing on a fallen human and just all taking tiny bites of their prey. It was actually unsettling.

"Damn you prehistoric chickens!"


Here is how Lola spends most of her time, watching, waiting for the right moment to attack. We've had to cover the front of the crate that has a gate at chick level to keep them from sticking their heads through the mesh. 


One of the funnier things to realize since we got the chicks is that they pass out almost instantly, narcoleptic-style. They'll be fully awake one second, then they'll sit down the next, and within 3 more seconds they've face-planted into the bedding. And that's how they sleep at this age. I have to keep giving the crate a bit of a shake to make sure their not dead. So far they're all doing very well and are still alive. Woohoo!




We've thrown in some branches for them to get used to roosting. At first they were freaked the hell out, but like the hands of the giants that bring them food they got used to them fairly quickly. Last night was the first time we saw them roosting as they slept. I was wondering if the guy underneath was going to get pooped on, and sure enough this morning he had a big poop stuck to his back. Chickens can be assholes too, don't let them fool you.



While the heat lamp is their main source of heat you do need to give them some darkness each day. You want to give them almost 23.5 hrs of light when they're first starting out but then gradually increase the amount of darkness each week so they get used to the normal schedule of the sun. But, they panic when the lights go out. Here is a video to hear how unhappy they are when their sun falls out of their sky. Poor Chicken Little.



See you next week.

6 comments:

nysf said...

this is sooO awesome! waiting for week 3!

Sarah Elisa said...

I really liked this part of the article, with a nice and interesting topics have helped a lot of people who do not challenge things people should know... You need more publicize this so many people who know about it are rare for people to know this... Success for you.......!!!

Ayumi Sophia said...

I am pleased with the articles and posts from your blog... Because I can easily to be able to grasp and understand what you mean in your writing... I really hope that you can be much more to be able to publish your writing... Because people can understand more and they will get for accessing your blog... I thank you and success to you........!!!

Michael Syaukas said...

Thanks for your very useful Information. I will bookmark for next reference. I really liked this part of the article.

Lee Mark said...

Thanks For Sharing the wonderful article that's really helpful for my references...
Canon PIXMA iP2770 Printer Driver Download | Resetter Canon iP2770 Free Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 1515 Free Driver Download | Epson L120 Driver Download | Epson L100 Driver Download | Epson K200 Driver Download | Epson K300 Driver Download | Epson K100 Driver Download | Resetter Epson l210 l300 l110 l350 l355 Free Download | Brother DCP-J100 Driver Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 4645 Driver Download | HP Deskjet Ink Advantage K209G Driver Download | HP Deskjet 1050A Driver Download | Epson L555 Driver Download

Rehane putrie said...

I love the new site!! I know how much time, thought, and hard work it takes to bring a new site to fruition. You've done it, and beautifully! I'm raising my glass of tea to you in celebration of this enormous achievement!!! Hopefully, one day I'll have the pleasure to clink glasses with you personally!


thesoftpedia

sharelink-web

esoftpedia

filehorse

freedownloadlatetsversion

umarka

filehipo3

2016freedownloadlatestversion

acehfreesoft

Supportcanon

directfromthesource

downloadju

downloadhino

downloadft

acehfile

offlineinstallerfilehippo