For those of you thinking of getting chicks or for those just interested in the process, day-old chicks must start at 95 degree temperatures. With each passing week, the general rule of thumb is that the temperature can be decreased by 5 degrees. These little peepers arrived on March 23, so they are around 4 weeks old. They should be able to happily tolerate temperatures around 75. Although I didn't anticipate the temps being that high this week, I did hope they'd be in the 60s once or twice. I would have taken them to a sunny patch in the yard for an hour or so and let them frolic!
Instead, each night, we've been taking them out and letting them run around our exercise room. They like pecking at dark spots on the hard wood floor and using our heads and arms as roosting spots.
|Prudence, starting on the leg|
|Rita (or Rocky?) and Lucy-Poo|
|Rita the Rooster? (four weeks old)|
|She hopped on his head, where she firmly planted herself, moments later.|
|Sadie is the most affectionate of all these fuzzballs. Is it her breed or just her specific personality?|
Hopefully soon, these little chicks will get another go at worms and dirt and stuff. For now, they get to hang with the cats inside.
|Benson and the chicks have an interesting relationship.|
|L-R: Prudence, Rita, and Lucy (3 weeks old)|