Marcie, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Frieda, Sally, and Sue Sylvester enjoyed some time outside today. This was their first time out of the brooder (a giant Rubbermaid bin). At first, they didn’t seem to know what to make of walking on grass. It didn’t take long for them to start exploring their new territory though. Based on their happy chirps, I do believe they enjoyed it! There really is a difference between happy and angry chirping.
My dogs, Tucker and Jackson, didn’t quite know what to make of the situation either. They’ve seen the chicks up close, but they’ve never seen them in a setting like this. Tucker barked and growled a little bit, but that didn’t seem to bother the chicks. I sat on the grass and watched the dogs and chicks size each other up. After I was sure that they could hang out in harmony, I worked on the coop for about thirty minutes. The entire time I worked, Tuck and Jack were mesmerized by the chicks. They made excellent chick sitters.
The chicks are growing like crazy and their fluffy down is being replaced by real feathers! In four weeks or less, they will outgrow their brooder and will need to be moved to their outdoor coop. I’m making progress on it and am confident that it will be ready when it’s time to transition them from the brooder to their adult home.
Here’s a short video of the chicks and the dogs…
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