It's been a week since I posted about the chicks - they are growing up. They are getting feathers, tails and combs. They grow so fast.
There have been some tragedies - we lost 1 chick and 1 guinea keet because of the momma hen. The guinea flew over the mesh barrier that divides momma hen's side of the coop, despite the fact that the barrier is 6 feet tall. Needless to say, momma hen doesn't like guineas. That night everyone got their little wings trimmed. Then another day momma hen crushed one of her own chicks by jumping on it by mistake.
We used to have 1 Araucana which seemed to have a twisted leg when he was real small. Luckily that grew out & is all better now - she's running just fine. One yellow Bantam chick had one tiny speck of black on a wing feather on each of her sides, and for some reason the others started pecking at the black dot on one of her wings. Within just a couple hours she lost half her wing.
Injured chick eating broccoli
We immediately separated her from the other chicks, brought her inside & created a chick infirmary. After giving her a bath we determined it was only her wing which was damaged, no injuries to her body. She wasn't very happy about being separated from the clan, screamed constantly when we weren't holding her. She would sing beautiful songs when we were with her - she sounded like a songbird. The first day she wouldn't eat or drink, so we brought in another very calm, small chick from the coop during feeding times, and the friend encouraged her to eat & drink. We had to be very careful the other chick didn't peck her, and the friend couldn't stay unsupervised in the infirmary with her. Eventually her wing healed up, feathers grew back, and she looked almost normal again. Because she still hated to be alone, we played XM radio for her, and eventually the other chick moved in with her full time until she was all healed. She still had a black spot on the feathers on each of her wings - we carefully trimmed it out and then she went back in with the flock. She's doing fine now; we're going to have to keep on eye out for her spots to make sure she doesn't get attacked again.
Momma hen with her chicks
The injured chick all better now
The guinea keets
My favorite little man, the leghorn, has a bigger comb than everyone else.
Some of the chicks love to sit on my arms - here I have 2 of them, and 3 others are waiting to jump up