Aug 122010
 

My chicks have been outside for about a week now and are doing great.  Their extra sturdy chicken run and chicken coop seem to be holding up well. 

I’ve had no more predator problems either lately.  I set a few traps humane around my yard and caught a few racoons and a possum.  I relocated those critters so that hopefully, none of my other hens or chicks will be killed.

Chicken care is very important to me and I like to feed all of my chickens, roosters and chicks natural treats which incluce lettuce, chards, tomatos, fruit and veggie peels of all sorts, apples, oranges, melons, etc.  If it is a fruit or veggie, they will probably eat it and love it!

Anyway, I gave my chicks a couple of really small cherry tomatos to eat.  Well, they ended up playing chick football with them.  One chick grabbed the tomato and took off running with it.  The other 7 chicks quickly took off after her.  They raced round and round the chicken run with the tomato changing beaks constantly.  This went on for about 30 minutes until the tomato was completely pulverized.

They finally collapsed and decided to take dust baths before taking a short nap.  Chicks are so much fun to watch and now that they have almost reached the four week mark, I am starting to worry about them a lot less.

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Aug 112010
 

Well, I had every intention of keeping the chicks indoors until they were at least a month old but they didn’t like that idea.  It is very hot here and I started taking them outside twice a day to a specially fenced area fortified with chicken fencing that I made just for these babies. 

I didn’t leave them unattended but since I had a lot of yard work to do, this worked out well.  I put a large deck umbrella over part of their area, added food and water and a pile of straw.  I also failed to mention that the grass and weeds were pretty tall in this area so they had lots of cover.

They had a ball running around and acting silly.  They figured out how to take their first dust baths and how to sun themselves.  They were not happy when I rounded them up and took them in each time.  It got to the point that they screeched incessantly while they were inside.

When the chicks reached 3 weeks of age, I finally caved and put them outside in a very secure little chick house with an extra secure run and double chicken fencing.  They were driving me crazy at this point and they were very unhappy.  I also started leaving my two labs outside at night to patrol the yard, which they loved!  So far, so good.  My little family of 8  chicks is thriving being outside and they are growing fast.  They also eat a lot less chick feed since they are busy running around and taking dust baths.



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