Hangin' With My Peeps
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Friday, 01 July 2011 11:45

Chicks 111 of our 20 chicks have hatched! We have 7 of them moved into the brooding box where they will live until they are old enough to go outside (4-6 weeks). There are still 4 in the incubator who are not completely dried and they are keeping the remaining 9 eggs company while we wait patiently for them to hatch. Don't they look like penguins? They are responding to my voice now, pecking at everything in sight, and today they experienced food and water for the first time. They loved eating! Then they all passed out in a heap under the heat lamp. Food coma! Within a few minutes they were up again running around and playing.

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A friend last night said that chicks are probably in the running for one of the top 5 cutest things in the whole world. I am going to have to agree with that.

Lil lovey

Lil sweetie

Sometimes they fall asleep in mid stride.

Sleeping Chicks!

They seem to like the organic starter feed we picked out for them. I dipped their beaks in water one by one as I brought them into the brooding box, and once they were all in, I tapped the food bowl lightly and one came running over. After she pecked my hand, she began pecking at the mash. She let out a chortle of sorts and the rest of the brood came running over to see what the fuss was all about. Then, a feast commenced. Now they are running to the water bowl, dipping in their beaks, tipping their heads back and taking a swallow. It's so stinkin' cute! Within a week, I can feed them worms from the red wiggler worm bin. Their broken shells already went in to feed the worms. Pretty neat, eh?

Feeding chicks

Watching them work so feverishly to get out of the egg is one of the most precious things I've ever seen.

Hatching Day 1

Once they emerge, their cheep is the loudest it might ever be as a chick. It's incessant, as they lay there catching their breath, wet from birth, and looking for reassurance.

Hatchind Day 1

They attempt to stand, succeed, and then come crashing down, face first.

Hatching Day 1

Within a couple of hours, they've begun to dry out and look like a fluffball. These fluffballs take a lots of naps! They fall asleep every few minutes. High energy burst, deep sleep, run around like crazy, pass out exhausted. You can't describe the cuteness.

Hatching Day 1

Hatching Day 1

Hatching Day 1

Hatching Day 1

Until they are standing on their own, their mates run all over them, stepping on their heads, pecking at them, and greeting them in a way only chicks can do. I think it encourages them to gain their strength more quickly and join in the merriment!

mama hen

I'm in love.

 

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