I'm amazed at how quickly the chicks are growing! We have started giving them pillbugs as a treat. The first time, I dumped the container with pillbugs in the middle of the box thinking they would go after them, but to my surprise, the chicks ran away in terror, LOL!
Ben got them settled down and offered a few pillbugs at a time to invdividual chicks, and they quickly got the idea. When I gave them some yesterday, I dumped the container and got the reaction I'd expected the first time--hordes of starving chicklets valiantly fighting off teh evil invaders.
I am surprised at how easy they are to take care of. After reading a bunch of online stuff, I was worried about having the right temperature for them, but we quickly discovered they let you know in no uncertain terms if they're unhappy, all you need do is pay attention. I was on my way to bed last night and it had gotten wonderfully cool. I was in the bathroom and heard a lot of twittering. It took me a moment to realize it was the chicks (at four in the morning, especially if it's a full moon, it's not unusual for the birds outdoors to get started).
When I went in and checked on them, they had kicked shavings in their water and were actually feeling a bit cold! I cleaned out their water, and tilted the heat lamp down a little, and lo and behold, fifteen minutes later we had a bunch of sleeping chicks, comfortably nestled in the warm spot from the heat lamp.
Here's some pictures from today. I actually turned the heat lamp off, it got so warm in there.
The new perch
Nice shot of nearly all of them :)
A close-up--look at how those feathers are coming in!
We're thinking the very well-feathered one at the bottom may be our rooster. The chick at the top left is the "runt" but she's doing just fine--she got a little piece of stick and played keep-away with it despite all the other ones running up to her trying to see if she had anything good. What she lacks in size she definitely makes up for in speed!
I can haz pillbug?