A week has gone by since I got the chicks and boy have they grown! Goodbye baby chick fuzz. They are now decked out in wing feathers (and starting to get tail feathers and body feathers ) they are flapping about testing the roost and jumping all over the place, excited that there wings now fit there body (lol) There minds have also grown sharper and they've grown more used to me. In fact today the black chick and the orange chick slept in my hand!!! The black and white chick is more cautious, but is more relaxed around me then she used to be. Also I think I have figured out the pecking order here are my guesses:
The Rhode Island red is the highest in the pecking order I could tell it from day one. She is also not frightened to remind the other chicks that she is on top! I think she is the most calm around me out of the three chicks
The black Plymouth rock is second in the pecking order, even though she is the smallest she is one fierce chick! She has gotten a lot calmer around me then she was in the beginning BUT I think she gets frightened the easiest. Maybe that's the reason she has gotten a lot calmer around me
Last but NOT least is the black and white plymouth rock. She is like a little mother for the other chicks, always worried when I take one of the other two out of the brooder, and the lightest sleeper out of the three chicks (always jumping awake if there is a loud noise) She is also was the last one of the chicks to get wing feathers
I have decided that it would be really sad if I had no pictures of me holding the chicks on my blog. So here is my attempt to remedy that situation. I took the pictures with the camera in one hand and the chick in the other (:
I've gotten to the point with the chicks that after I am done picking them up and put the chick back in the brooder the chick will hang out on my hand for a bit before she hops off.
Please tell me what you think about these names for the chicks! I've tried to come up creative names.
Demeter: Why I Picked this, The greek goddess of Horticulture and agriculture
Papagena: Why I Picked this, One of the characters in the Magic Flute (Opera)
Medio Pollito (Nickname, Medly) : Why I Picked this, Have you read the story about Medio Pollito the half chick??? Go and Type in Medio Pollito into your computer and you will find the story. Did you find it? Good. I like the version when Medio Pollito helps the water, fire and air, instead of not helping them. If you didn't find the story I will post my favorite version today or tomorrow (:
Who wouldn't want to take pictures of baby chicks!!!!
The breeds of the chicks are these(from left to right) Plymouth Rock (Adult plumage: Hopefully Black) Plymouth Barred Rock (Adult plumage: Hopefully Barred a.k.a speckled black and white) Rhode Island Red (Adult Plumage: Reddy brown with white)
There are only 5 more days till I get the chicks. Sooo Me, Rachel, Bronwyn and Mallory decided to take a trip to the Buckingham Co-Op (BCO), a store that specializes in food and Equipment for Animals. After 30min of driving and lots of music (I had brought my MP3 player) We arrived, walking into the store I was quite surprised to see clothes, shoes and belts. But, whatever I thought if they have chick feeders, chicken food and wood shavings I will be happy. We searched all over and finally found a waterer to my liking and also the top of a chick feeder. We walked over to the check out counter to ask if they had a bottom for the chick feeder (thankfully the woman behind the counter spoke english) and she said... No.....but there a different feeder that had slightly sharper edges but would still work.
To turn a long story into a slightly shorter story (Bronwyn and Mallory are yelling at me to come outside and play) We drove away from that store with everything needed for the chicks: A chick Feeder, A chick Waterer, Chicken Feed and Pine shavings. I have the brooder (a.k.a chick house) set up in the Yellow bathroom with a light on (I am trying to get the temperature to 32 celcius) and won't have to run around getting equipment at the last minute, Phew
We taped 6 trees this year for maple syrup and after tons of boiling sap we've got our first to jars!!!
Below are pictures from tree to syrup (I will include the boiling part when we start boiling sap again)