Growing Chicks

Our Christmas chicks are really growing fast! One week following their arrival we decided to take them out for some naturally provided, vitamin D. Gorgeous, sunny days in December are always welcome! First thing we need is a secure area for these newbies. They have never been out of a crate or box and these willow garden borders (I bought years ago in England) made a perfect playpen.chicks out 1

In they go

In they go

chicks out 3Chicks first time on grass and they instinctively started pecking and pulling at the blades. We also captured the natural tendency of our barn cats, B.H. and Tiger as they wrestled around. Playtime for everyone!chicks out 4chicks out 5Back to pecking around, and taking turns holding the chicks. We read a LOT about raising chickens and it is suggested “to handle the birds in the event you need to care for them if injured or ill”. Easy to do when they are so darn cute and soft! More play, and lots of bottoms-up when eating.chicks out 7
Nothin' but fluff!

Nothin’ but fluff!

Our daughter, Jana getting the hang of handling tiny peeps.

Our daughter, Jana getting the hang of handling tiny peeps.

Nearly an hour later and Tiger was clearly ready for the fun to end. Not before a couple of our grown girls peeked in on the babies and there was one more game of “I’m on top”. It is so interesting to see pecking-order play out, but the temperature was falling and it was time to get them back in the barn. chicks out 12

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Queen of the hill!

Queen of the hill!

Playtime is over.

Playtime is over.

Back to the nursery in the barn.  Grow strong chicks!

Back to the nursery in the barn.

Grow strong tiny chicks!

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