The chicks are growing up fast. I’ve been giving them greens from the garden and scraps from the kitchen and I am afraid I’ve spoiled them already! But who can blame me, I so enjoy them going after spaghetti noodles and chopped strawberries and running ’round in circles going “peep, peep, peep!”
We are also “handling” them as much as we can. This is by far the (secret) key to raising friendly hens, give them as much human contact as possible! By picking up and (gently) “handling” chicks regularly they mature to become mild-mannered and friendly when they reach adulthood. I’ve seen Sis take unruly chickens and ducks that folks bring by and just by proper handling their demeanor/behavior changes! She certainly has a gift!
Feathers are coming in and pretty soon they’ll be ready to fly their brooder and join the others. I am sure that’s going to shake up the pecking order a bit!
In the meantime, these three little peepers are learning to preen their new feathers and stretching their fast growing legs. I love it when they do the “chicken pose” – standing on one foot and stretching!
As for names, this year we choose to have friends do the honors since this batch seems to belong to the “community” more. Seeing the love the community has for these little gals, makes me realize how lucky and blessed we are to have such an opportunity to have a barnyard in our backyard these two decades. The two Silver Laced Wyandottes have been given names, one’s Darla and the other Josephine (aka Josie) As for the Buff Orpington, her name will have to wait till Sunday. By then, our friend says, she will have narrowed down the list of possible names to one! Of course our three friends are thrilled to become chicken “godmothers.”
Local folks, please feel free to stop by and “handle” our chickens. The more handling the merrier our hens will be.