A Week of Chick Firsts Vids

So it was a week of firsts for the littles! So what have we tried?

We started by putting a tray of dirt down expecting them to start dust bathing. It took 3 days for them to get brave enough to get into the tray! Once they got a hang of getting in the tray they decided to eat the dirt rather than dust bathe! After eating half the tray I pulled it out.

Then I shredded up some dandelion leaves and dropped them in. After getting over the fear they tasted them but weren’t impressed.

The next day I walked into something that looked a little like Fight Club! The littles were puffing up their chests, posturing and bouncing off each other! They must have been establishing their pecking order. They start it young!

They had their first brooder cleaning where I had to climb in with them. I thought I would scare the heck out of them but they were actually pretty excited to take a ride on my shoes!

I mentioned we have a laser gun temperature gauge. You shoot the laser light onto the object you want to take the temperature of. At first the littles were afraid of it but pretty soon it was a game of catch! They also seem fascinated with finger movements. Everywhere your finger goes they follow.

We have to clean out this brooder twice a week. On my second trip in I was wearing a hoodie with strings that the littles went wild for!

Finally, a few of the girls got brave enough to jump up on the perch we put in days earlier. Now they are fighting over who gets to use it!

Yep, a lot of firsts this week and this is just the beginning!

I tried to capture most of these on video just for you and have uploaded them on their YouTube channel!

This is How We Play

Chicken Table

You know how they say that when you give kids or pets a gift they seem to have more fun with the box than the gift? That’s how it works here. We put a really nice limb with leaves in the run, but they are much more excited with this table made out of scrap wood! So much we made two of them. After all, how multi-functional is this table, right? You can jump up on the top and be higher than anyone else, lay underneath the table for some shade, and peck the heck out of the legs. Don’t ask me why they decided to start pecking like that.

Roosting

Other fun stuff….sitting on the roosts. They love to roost so much I have to kick them off of it when I’m trying to clean. We’ve obviously made their coop way too comfortable. Oddly enough, the rooster does not sit on the roost. Oh, he’s tried, but he gets kicked off. One night I snuck in to close a window and the rooster fell off the back corner and THUD! he fell on the floor, squawking accusingly. He now sits under the roosts. I’m a little confused though. Shouldn’t the chickens be facing out? They mostly seem to be facing the wrong way. It seems to me they have their faces in each others butts this way.  Hmmmmm.

Coop Door Shade

Helping the chickens have fun in the heat is this new shade for the door to keep the sun from making the coop any hotter than it is! It really helps.

The chickies favorite fun time is when I pull out the Chicken Crack. I don’t normally promote products but I have to say,this organic snack has got my chickens addicted! You can watch their high on their You Tube Channel.