The chicks have grown a lot in the last two weeks. When we got them they were already about a week or two old and just beginning to get their “real” feathers.
They still require the heat lamp, especially at night, but if I’m home and it is 80-something degrees out during the day I’ll turn it off. They are definitely ready for the larger water dish. That’s what it looks like about two seconds after I put fresh, clean water in it!
We put a long piece of wood in their for them to practice perching. They love it! Jason plans to put a small dowel in soon for better comfort and challenge.
Everyday it seems they get more of their “real” feathers. Talk about your awkward stage… They aren’t as soft as they were a couple of weeks ago, but they are still fun to hold.
Most of the chicks are getting their feathers, but I think you can tell by this last picture that a couple of the chicks have just begun this ugly stage. We can still mostly tell them apart, but it is extremely apparent that they will need their coop sooner than we thought. They are getting brave and curious about life outside the box. Jason hopes to solidify a plan for the coop this weekend. I will keep you updated!