And then she and I sat next to their cardboard box in the bathroom (the warmest place in the house, since we found out after we got home that the heat lamp was missing) and she chose each chick, one by meticulous one. .and held her close. .giving snuggles and kisses. Say hello to Chicken Little. .the only one that has a name.
And playing the role of "chicken whisperer." We frequently tell him what a dork he is ;-)
Many times I found myself checking in on the little creatures. .as I prepared for bed Saturday night. .I saw the chicks all snuggle down for a nap of their own. .except for the little chick in the middle. .She, truly, has a personality disorder. She was convinced that SOMEONE should be up keeping her company. .and she would peck each of them on the head until they wiggled enough to open their eyes and look at her.
Finally, and grudgingly. .she settled in too. .not finding anyone to hang out with. But they were awake off and on all night long. .just like having babies!! Hmmm!
We brought home 7 hens and one rooster. Like the 3 roosters I have personally borne. .the testosterone effect comes into play VERY early in life. This little guy spends a LOT of time on top of the waterer overlooking his girls!! I got tickled to see how the girls just sit there, obediently watching. .as if they are taking it all in!!
Easter Sunday was SOOO beautiful, that the kids just couldn't resist taking the babies outside to see what they would do.
They scratched and pecked around in the grass, occasionally finding a small bug to snatch up.
Devin enjoyed helping them out. .and he was digging up worms from my compost pile as fast as he could. I was amazed and amused to watch the small chicks gobble those up!!
Tristan and his friend Braden went on a parts run Saturday and brought home a few more chicks. .so now our flock numbers 12.
They are currently residing in a big cardboard box in my kitchen with a borrowed lamp. Jeremy plans to borrow a small chicken pen for baby chicks from our friend this week. .so we can turn them into that with a heat lamp. Day by day they seem to have less fuzz and more feathers. .and I do believe that they will be pretty little girls really soon!!