Chicks on their roost inside the coop:
Chloe, roosting and checking me out:
Yes, we spoil our chickens. The husband has agreed that it would, indeed, be a good thing to get two more chicks this summer. But we would need a bigger coop.
So, back to work the husband goes. Check out the new wing. Pun intended.
Here is the husband, holding Mirabelle.
Yes, they do. Mirabelle does especially. It's really cute, but I quickly did some research on the 'net to make sure it's normal. It is.
Mirabelle is happy and energetic and doesn't look sick, so she's probably just clearing out her nasal cavities. Chickens can get sick though. We spoil our girls, they have a big red heat lamp inside their coop to keep them warm and cozy. I have to keep reminding myself that my yard is full of much smaller birds that live in the big wild west, with no problems.
We've had some rainy, windy weather this week. The girls have been cautiously stepping out of their coop to their outside run area that has a covered roof but open-wire siding. They freeze up when the wind blows and ruffles their feathers, puff up their chests, look around, and will then run back inside the coop if the wind keeps up. Smart birds, they are.
The girls are getting big, and getting smart. As of the last two nights, they actually know when to go inside their coop at night to sleep, and when to go outside in the morning to eat. This is huge news, as we had to place them inside every night, and then nudge them outside every morning, patiently wondering when their little birdie brains would learn to do this on their own. Proud parents we are!
The recent slew of gopher attacks on the garden has left me traumatized. I was thinking that not much was left out there, but there are a few plants that have managed to survive.
These are brussels sprout plants. The brussels sprouts are tiny, the size of a pea, growing underneath all the leaves. Fingers crossed that they get to keep growing.,
Ok, I'm finally caught up on my posting. These pix were taken today, so the chicks are 8 weeks old, and here they are in real time. They are looking less like chicks and more like chickens every day.
Here are the girls, enjoying their coop.
Today was a big day for Chloe and Mirabelle. The weather was warm enough to let them run around the yard for the first time.