This week the chicks have enjoyed eating out of our hands more and more. They also like to jump up and perch on our arms. So Matt made them a mini perch that sits just above the ground for them to perch on. We don’t really want anything higher in the box because they already try to fly up toward the edges. Luckily we still have quite a bit of height on them.
Earlier this week on an especially warm day I took them out into the grass one by one. They were surprisingly not too fond of it. They would come running back to perch on my hand.
With Matt’s help I took them out again today to take their pictures. They stayed on the grass a bit more, but were more comfortable perched on us. This week they have been getting feathers in on their chests and along their spine.
Here they are in all their fuzziness.
Parlsey (Barred Rock) – We’re a little less sure that Parsley’s a Barred rock after comparing her with the others our neighbors got. They all have white on their heads and orangish feet. Parsley is all black except for a bit under her wings. And her feet are black. Only time will tell if she is really a Barred Rock too.
Sage (Buff Orpington)- Sage is the friendliest and most trusting of the bunch. She is one of the first to come and perch on your arm when you reach in with food. And she’s willing to be held a lot longer. She also seems to be at the bottom of the current pecking order.
Rosemary (Araucana)- Rosemary always comes to eat out of our hands also, but she’s not as willing to be brought out of the box. She will flap her way back in.
Thyme (Silver-Laced Wyandotte) Thyme is the least trusting. She hides when we put in our hand with food. She’s fast and hard to catch. She’s also smaller than the rest but seems to be at the top of the pecking order and sometimes chases the others around. We’re hoping Thyme isn’t a rooster.
You can compare them to last week’s photos here.