Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chick Update Day 20

Autumn is here, we've been selling firewood.  Leaves are falling, deer are everywhere on our property.  And the chicks continue to take their fare share of our time every night.  It's been almost 3 weeks since we got the chicks.  We prepare treats (veggies like corn, broccoli, lima beans, squash, lettuce, raw spinach)  for them every night.  Sometimes we even found some earthworms for them - that always goes over very well!  It helps to make them tame when we spend time with them.  I've learned that they like the front of their necks & chests rubbed, now many of them line up to have their necks rubbed.  Even the wildest chicks (such as the little leghorn rooster-to-be) seem to calm down when I rub their necks.  Every now & then a pair of chicks ends up in the chick infirmary inside the house.  Just today 2 chicks were released back into the coop after spending a few days inside.  It seemed one of them was very weak, would barely stand up on her own.  She came into the infirmary & passed out on her side as soon as she & a friend were separated from the flock.  We learned chicks like to be with other chicks, so we try to bring 2 inside together.  The latest pair spent several days being monitored, were well fed and watered, and the one little girl got her energy back up & is spunky again.  I never thought raising chicks would be so complicated, but it's fun. 

              Here's Little Leghorn on Day 1                                             Leggy on Day 20


The flock


4 comments:

Poconoangel said...

Wow! That little leg-horn rooster is growing fast! And the guinea chicks are getting their black and white feathers!! What a flock you have! I love hearing about the infirmary! I bet not many chicken farmers take as good care of the chicks as you guys do!! -Wait till the rooster starts crowing!! Are you going to separate the rooster out?

DayPhoto said...

You are such a good chick Momma! Keep up the good work!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Lee said...

Our little flock of 11 must have been really fortunate, as we didn't seem to have nearly as many health problems. Sounds like you guys are being really thorough in taking care of them.

Do you have any problems with the Guineas as well, or are the various ill birds always the chickens? Robin wants to get ducks when we get a little more organized, but I've always heard good things about Guineas.

Razzberry Corner said...

Hi Barb, I don't love the infirmary - that means more chicks inside the house! Right now the infirmary is empty... Yesterday I had a scare - Little Leggy had a dark mark on a wing; I thought it was a little bloody spot. I though how awful it would be having such a dominant busy little bird in the house, how he'd be screaming all the time. But then I looked closer & saw his wing was dirty, that's all. I gave him a quick scrub with a damp paper towel & he was back in the flock again, thank goodness!

Linda - Thanks! I wonder if the birds will be so friendly when they're all grown up. I can't imagine grown chickens as friendly as my little chicks. We'll see...

Lee - our Guineas are much stronger birds than the chickens; they have no health problems like the chicks. They are wilder, generally larger (grow faster), and fly better because they have more developed wings, too. Tonight we gave everyone (chicks & Guineas) a wing trim - the Guineas screamed bloody murder & got the rest of the flock all upset. They are very vocal birds. We do have one Guinea that's much smaller than the others; Randy thinks she's younger- she's always been smaller. But she doesn't seem to be growing as fast as the other Guineas or even the chickens. We wonder why she's so small...she eats normally & acts like the other Guineas... Guess we'll see...