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:
And...at 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?