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    07-07-2013, 07:02 PM
PHOTO OVERLOAD- Release party!

It's an exciting day here- the chicks are now about 8 weeks old, so today they officially moved out of the garage and into their own little corner of the chicken run. I'm not quite ready to put them in the main coop (I don't think they can reach the roosting bar, and I don't want them eating the layer pellets yet), so they have a makeshift log cabin and a fenced-off run of their own.

Some of you gave me great advice when I first got them-they've turned into very personable little girls. As a reminder, they started off this tiny, just a couple of days old:

Here they are being wheeled out of the garage by my lovely husband (don't worry, they weren't living in that tiny crate, it was just to transport them):

A little uncertain about what's happening:

Lined up and ready to go in the run: first, they were a little uncertain of what to do

The first few brave steps

And about 10 minutes later, settled right in (don't worry, the little lean-to in the background got rebuilt to something sturdier as soon as I saw it was not going to be steady enough):

My only concern now is helping them understand they should go in the cabin at night and use the roosting bars in there. We'll see if they figure it out once the sun goes down, or if they'll need some encouragement.

And, for good measure, here are my two lovely ladies-

Red is skeptical of her new roommates to say the least

But black & white seems really curious, she's been pacing the fence line and chattering to the little ones.

I'm just hoping for a peaceful flock once everyone gets mixed in together- probably a few days before they can get mixed together during the day, still not quite sure about what to do with the coop though. Chicken experts, what do you think?
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    07-07-2013, 08:18 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by egrogan    
I'm just hoping for a peaceful flock once everyone gets mixed in together- probably a few days before they can get mixed together during the day, still not quite sure about what to do with the coop though. Chicken experts, what do you think?
I just wait until nightfall and chuck 'em all in the coop together. There's generally a tiny bit of going on but I've only ever had one chicken get hurt/lose feathers. I brought the chicken who was missing a silver dollar sized patch of skin in the house and tossed her back out when she recovered and now SHE'S the bully of the flock! Go figure...
    07-07-2013, 08:55 PM
Delfina, glad to hear that your injured girl recovered and went back out with the rest of the girls! I think I'll probably do what you suggest-I'm just worried about them getting too much later pellet, and I can't think of a way to rearrange the food so they couldn't get to it if they're in the main coop. I'm sure I'll figure something out...
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    07-07-2013, 08:56 PM
Green Broke
How old are they? They look to be about the size mine are when I switch to layer feed.
    07-07-2013, 09:37 PM
They're about 8 weeks. I've never raised chicks (my hens came to me at about 1yr old)-but what I've read so far says you should wait until 20 weeks to start layer pellets. Too much calcium could get them started laying before their bodies are fully ready? I'm open to advice though!
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    07-07-2013, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
Ahh ok, 8wks is a bit young.

Are you feeding chick starter that is the tiny meal (looks cornmeal-ish?) and layer pellets that are actually pellets not crumble?

If so, you can put out both and the lil chicks will only eat the starter. For some reason, chickens greatly prefer the cornmealy consistency to actual pellets. The downside is that there is a good chance your 2 "big" girls will probably eat starter feed instead of pellets. It won't hurt the big chickens to eat starter feed though.
    07-07-2013, 10:17 PM
That's helpful! I have exactly what you described, and the big girls have been great at "helping" me with my morning chick chores and cleaning up anything that spills.

Just went to close everyone up, and the babies were in a panic. They didn't seem to understand they should go in their little hut for the night. They were all in a little pile in the middle of the run, making that heartbreaking "scared baby" cry. I got hubby to help me shove them all in for the night, and they seemed to settle once they were in. Maybe I should just put them with the big girls tomorrow night so they have someone to show them what to do.
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    07-08-2013, 04:03 PM
Green Broke
Good looking youngsters, egrogan. You're doing well raising them.
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    07-08-2013, 05:52 PM
Originally Posted by Chevaux    
Good looking youngsters, egrogan. You're doing well raising them.
Thanks, Chevaux, that means a lot. I have really gotten bit bad with the chicken bug. I just get such a kick out of these silly little things! They're really fun to have around.
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    07-08-2013, 06:09 PM
Lookin great, congrats!
Your run is lovely!

Meet Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner!
Sadly I have some culling to do. This is what bites about hatching eggs, I keep getting at least 50% roos... Might have to send these boys to the sale, but either way I know they'll end up in a pot, might as well be mine. :(
Wish I had some Amish around here!


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