Chick update

Let’s reintroduce the Benson-Ward chickens. Ruby and Mattie, pictured above getting ready for bed, are a year old. They each lay an egg a day, like clockwork and have great personalities.

We’ve got two batches of chicks. The first is from our 9-month old Sumatra hen, Baby. The gang of three are six weeks old now and look like miniature chickens. Still hanging with Mom though they seem to know the ropes pretty well.

Unfortunately, they are free range chicks and don’t sit still so are hard to photograph. You’ll have to take my word for it that all three are exceedingly handsome at this point!  The shot I did get was Baby spreading her wings over them to settle in for the night — the only time they aren’t in motion.

The six week chicks are getting big. Baby can barely cover them all at night, though she spreads her wings mightily trying!  The chick that looks like an eagle is peaking out.

The six week chicks are getting big. Baby can barely cover them all at night, though she spreads her wings mightily trying! The chick that looks like an eagle is peaking out in the bottom right corner.

The second batch of five little girls came from the farm supply store at one day old. Three week veterans now, they’re at that awkward stage with part baby down and part real feathers. I think they double in size every few days. They’re still under the brooder lamp staying warm, doing all the things chickens do.

Some evenings they read or watch tv with us since they don’t have a mom. We’ll keep them inside for a week or two more, then start taking field trips to get them used to the coop and the weather.

Their personalities are developing so we should have names soon. It’s been great fun raising the chicks but we’re looking forward to having them join the older girls. They chirp constantly during the night now and chase each other endlessly over and under the perch Paul made them. No rest for the weary at our house!

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Remember the picture of two of them at two days old?  My how you’ve grown!iPhoto Library

2 thoughts on “Chick update

  1. Such beautiful birds! Our apt. manager would frown on our having them, so we won’t buck the system. Keep the photos coming! Dot

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