Recently, we shared with you the egg-cellent news of our grand-chickens in a post we called "We're Winging It?" So much has happened since then that we thought you deserved an update on the clutch.
A clutch, by the way, is the correct name for a group of baby chickens. We learned this from Ask.com. Not sure when we can call them a brood or a flock. Hate to be politically incorrect on this. Anyone know the answer?
A few days ago, this was sitting in our driveway. (By the way, I didn't intentionally post this picture sideways. I'm having trouble rotating it. Any advice?)
I texted our son. "Your coop arrived. Some assembly required."
Within a few hours, this was in our yard.
Our yard is fenced, mostly for the safety and protection of Samantha the Wonder Dog, but now it will serve to protect the chickens from the predators/wild things that live in our quiet suburban neighborhood.
How are the girls doing? I'm glad you asked. They are thriving - getting bigger every day. Feathering out very nicely, managing to spend more than a little time sitting innocently on top of their feeder. They knocked over their water dispenser a few nights ago and hopefully learned that it's not a comfortable way to spend the few hours until it was noticed. They're still under the infrared lamp but now it's been raised a little so the temperature is closer to 85 degrees instead of that stifling 95 degrees two weeks ago. They love being cooed at and kissing sounds. They hate the vacuum. They tolerate being picked up and, once they're up, don't mind being petted. We still can't tell them apart except for the littlest one, named Nugget, who seems to be a day or two behind her sisters in terms of getting feathers and learning to climb.
Please notice that they still don't know enough to look at the camera and smile when they're being photographed. I'll have to work on that.
If you have any chicken experience or advice, we're good listeners. If you'd like to pop by and bond with the girls, please do!
~ Wayne & Jean
Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work!
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