Finally! 3 days away from their magic 6 weeks of brooding, we finally got a break in the weather and decided it was time to get the chicks out of the basement! They were ready too. Getting in each other’s way, squawking at everyone who touched them. Yup…..they were done too!
Moving 34 very large chicks wasn’t an easy tasks. We had to box them up in batches to move them. Remember, they still haven’t seen outside! While a number of them came running to us, not putting up a fight, others haven’t been touched by us at all. There were some blood curdling screams when I cornered some of them. So, I took this time to hold them, pet and talk to them to gain their trust.
The first set of chicks I popped in the coop seemed so happy and relaxed the minute I put them in. A low level of happy clucking was such a relief to hear! The last batch of stressed out chickens were literally limp when I took them out of the box into their new home. If you’ve looked at recent pictures, you can see how much more room the chicks have now. Oh so happy!
The handling seems to have increased trust with the chicks. I hand fed them grass just before they went to bed for the night and even the most skiddish birds came close.
They won’t be able to go outside for another 5 days. Then they will have officially reached their 6 weeks and the weather should be in the 70s for them. Can’t wait to get a video of their first day out!