The time is finally here! It’s moving day! The girls get to move into the coop! After a long wait due to freezing weather the chicks finally get to move to the coop!
We decided the easiest way to move them was to pick them up one at a time out of the brooder and drop them inside. Of course there was a lot of chaos. They were scared to death! I eventually had to step inside the brooder to get the last two chicks!
You try to calm them down by talking nicely to them. “Yay! You are going to your new home! Look at that! There is a whole new world out here!” It’s so cute when they freeze up in your hands swinging their necks back and forth getting a glimpse of the flowers and trees, and listening to the wild birds outside.
It only seemed right to give the tiniest bird the first ride into the coop so she could settle nicely before the next one arrived. In reality they were all a little unsure for a little while. They actually got comfortable a little faster than other chicks we’ve had in the past.
Watch the first chick get moved to the coop and then see them all investigating the place on their YouTube Channel:
We decided that out of all the chickens we’ve had our favorite was the Black Australorps. They were sweet, quiet, easy to hold and had a different kind of sound to their clucking that seemed more like talking. How sweet is that?!
Cluck Norris is half Black Astralorp and has a great personality so we are hoping one of these 10 babies is a rooster. I’m sure we will find out!
Since this is a smaller batch of chickies than we have done in the past we started with a tub and hung a heat lamp over it. We have a table style brooder panel but it didn’t fit in the tub. Also, the heat lamp was too hot in this small of a space so we bought a water trough instead which gave a good amount of space and the temperature stayed more stable. We need to start at 95 degrees and then decrease 5 degrees per week.
It’s really stressful knowing their little lives are in your hands during this initial time when they are only 2 days old! They are so delicate at this age it’s hard not to worry!
The cuties seem to be doing great on their first day. THEY ARE SOOO ADORABLE! Check out their first drink in their new home and then their first food on their YouTube Channel!