Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The girls will be 20 weeks old this weekend, and at 24 weeks they should start laying eggs. Very exciting!
We've already built a nest extension onto their coop. Right now they don't go in there much, but supposedly when they start to lay, they will look for a dark and quiet place. And--get this---it also helps to have a fake egg in their nest, to motivate them to keep laying. They can get frustrated if we keep taking their eggs, but with the decoy they will think--what a great idea! So on Easter Sunday, we went to Walgreens and bought some plastic eggs for our chickens.
We also need to get some oyster shells for them to eat, they will need extra calcium to make their eggshells strong.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
We let the girls out to run around the yard today, it's Easter. I think they are glad they are not Easter dinner.
Chloe is now the dominant bird, they switched again. I saw them chest-bumping a few weeks ago, and Chloe will sometimes chase Mirabelle around a bit. They don't peck at one another though. Both girls are also more comfortable around us. Chloe is especially docile, will let me pet her and pick her up easily. Mirabelle I can pet but she will move away, and she will run away if we try to pick her up. The other day the husband was feeding them, the coop door was open and they both flew out! He had to chase them around the yard to catch them and get them back inside.
Once outside, they like to scratch and dig underneath their favorite tree, I think they feel sheltered there. They don't like to be in the open, and will often freeze up if they hear another bird. They especially freak out if a hawk flies overhead, and we have a lot of hawks in our neighborhood. When the chicks were smaller, I used to get nervous that they would look like tasty hawk food.
The girls are so fat now I can barely hold them with two hands. I put Chloe in the crook of my arm and she was very content to hang out.
Chloe, with her comb almost fully grown in!
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I caught the girls taking a break from digging massive holes in the dirt, relaxing on their roost. Ran back inside to get my camera, and they were still there when I got back. As soon as they saw me with treats, they jumped down and came flapping towards me, but I did manage to get this one photo.