This week the chicks grew up and moved outside. While we miss being able to check on them in the office, we’re glad that the dust is outside. We spent all morning dusting, mopping and washing to clean the room they were in. Now we just have to go outside to check on them and see how they’re doing.
They seem to adjust more and more to being outside. Today we left the feed and water inside so that they would practice going in and out and wondered if they would go back in to get it. But I went out this afternoon and caught them all inside at the feeder. So that’s good to see.
They enjoy being outside. They like eating the insects around the composter,
Foraging in the tall weeds,
Showing off their developing tail feathers,
And of course, preening.
I did catch them all taking dust baths today also, but didn’t have the camera with me.
Here are their weekly portraits.
Parsley (Black Star) is by far the biggest of the bunch.
Sage (Buff Orpington) is the friendliest still.
Rosemary (Araucana) has lovely reddish feathers developing on her chest.
Thyme (Silver-Laced Wyandotte) is skittish again because of the new setting. However, she did come over and jump up on my knee this morning so she must be feeling more comfortable.
Now if we can just get them into the routine of going back into the coop at night without having to catch each one and put them in. Thyme is the fastest and hardest to catch.