Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Chicks move into their new home!

I thought it about time the chicks went outside and started to realise what the big, bad world is all about, so I put them out in their new coop, with their little run.

Now the run isn't as big as I would have liked, but it's enough for the little chicks to scratch around, and for mum to get some fresh air.

We have 3 types of chick. Their father is the same - Rhydian, but their mothers vary. Two brown eggs hatched, then two of the white Silky eggs hatched.

From the brown eggs came the brown chick with the striking markings it's a typical brown Isa I think, with tan legs and skin and brown feathers.

From the other brown egg came the white chick. This chick has the same type of feathers like the brown Isas except they are white, but has black skin like the other Silkies.

The youngest two are definitely Silkies - typical scruffy feathers, big black eyes and black skin.

While I was taking photos, mum wanted to get in on the fun too!

Queenie is looking a little tired and bedraggled, but hopefully once they are all integrated she will fluff back up!


Lottie said...

They are gorgeous and at that scruffy 'teenager' stage aren't they. Poor mum is naturally knackered - it's tough being a single mum after all!

What a brilliant job you have made of their house and run - and I can almost feel their delight at being able to scratch around on soil and taste the delights of fresh 'greens'

Joy oh joy

Stiggy said...

Thanks Lottie!

Yes they're lovely little things aren't they?

It's going to be interesting to see how the white Silkie/Isa turns out!


John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

give queenie a bit of cat food ( meat) or if that fails some pasta
these foods will helpa broody hen with chicks!!!

sawn61 said...

I stumbled across your blog just today, and it peaked my interest since it was about chickens.I have had a time working with my chickens this summer. The cats and the chickens seem to get top billing in most of my post these days. My husband and I live in the country in Kentucky.We are both retired, so we get to "play" with a lot of things that we once considered work.I hope to read more of your earlier posts, in the next few days.You must check out some of my "chicken stories."

Anonymous said...

Stiggy they are just adorable and growing so fast, mum is a beauty :)

Will you be keeping them all?

Stiggy said...

Thanks for the tip John - I'll give it a go!

Hi Sawn61 (couldn't find your real name on your blog) Thanks for popping in!

Kentucky eh? The home of my favourite Bourbon that is - Makers Mark!

Hi Karen, thanks, they really are great little things!

A lot depends on whether they are male or female, although the white cross we should be keeping anyway, because it's so lovely. The others, well we want to keep the brown one, but it all depends on their sex.