Since we actually had some roosters, and consequently fertile eggs, we thought it would be worth a shot. We convinced two of our hens to go broody (sit on the eggs) and we impatiently waited the 21 days it takes to create a chick. It was totally worth the wait. Baby chicks are some of the cutest little things ever, especially when they are multicoloured.
|Pip was our tiniest chick!|
|Look at Pip (on the far left) in comparison to the others)|
The chicks grew fast though and soon lost a lot of their cuteness. It has been really fun watching them grow and seeing their colours come in. We're still waiting to see how many turned out to be roosters, although it is already more than we had hoped for.
We only have three of the new ones named. I started naming them as chicks and Dan convinced me to wait until their colours came in and we found out which ones were girls. Since we won't be keeping all the roosters, he didn't want me to get too attached.
|Pip (the tiny black one from the picture above)|
|Annabelle, who turned out to be a rooster but we haven't renamed yet|
Unfortunately, we have lost three birds since my last update. Fuzzy Butt, our silkie rooster who had the worst temperament ever, was killed in July. He was too mean to keep and was really loud for our neighbours. We tried finding another home for him but no one wanted him, so he unfortunately met his end. Matilda, our very favourite, died in August from what we think was being egg bound. It happens when an egg gets stuck in their oviduct and you can't get it out. We were pretty sad when she died, especially since our attempts at saving her failed. We also lost one of our new ones in August. He appeared to have a dislocated hip and we couldn't seem to fix it. He kept getting worse and worse, so Dan finally put him out of his misery. It was sad to lose all three of these birds, but such is life.
In happier news though, we have been working on making our run a little nicer for our happy birds. In July, Dan built a "salad bar" for the chickens. He assembled a box with a mesh top and then planted grass feed in it. This way, the chickens can reach through the mesh to eat the grass but aren't able to trample it to death. Pretty nifty!
The other fun addition to the coop is a swing. We thought it was a fun idea and decided to give it a try. The first week, no one ever really got on it but since then, there are usually two or three swinging away. It's pretty cute to watch them on it.
We also built them a dust bath but they don't seem to use it much. And I don't have a picture of it. Oops.
That pretty much sums up the update on the chickens. I'll try and keep you guys in the loop a little better from now on, especially now that I am back to posting more frequently.
|Dan with Amelio|