Chickens 8.5 weeks

I didn’t get out to take photos of the chicks this weekend because it was so wet.  Today was the first day without rain since Saturday. I went out this morning to take these 8 and a half week photos of the chicks. We recently changed feed to the Grow-Cal feed for chicks 8 to 20 weeks.

We also have had some evidence that we have a predator trying to get into the run at night. At first it was a little digging around the outside. My mom and I lined the inside and one outside edge with old bricks. The predator was able to move them and found a weakness in the chicken wire to tear at. We don’t think it got in because there was not fur on the wire. We countered with a cinder block at the weak spot. We also put latches on the door to the chicken coop so that it can’t be lifted if the predator gets in. We have some hardware cloth I bought that we need to use to re-enforce the chicken wire at the bottom. I’m wondering how were going to discourage the predator from continuing to dig. Any suggestions?
Here’s where they dug the plants away from the wire next to the door last night.

On to the updated photos:
Parlsey (Black Star) is the largest still, yet very calm.

Sage (Buff Orpington) doesn’t seem to be sizing up quite as fast as the others. When I hold her she’s smaller and lighter.

Rosemary (Araucana) has warmed up to us again. She even jumped up on my knee when I was squatting to get photos of the others.

Here’s a second photo of her so you can see how her neck feathers and tufts are developing.

Thyme (Silver-Laced Wyandotte) is still a bit skittish at times. There is more white developing on her feathers.

I’m trying to continue taking photos of the chickens each week, but since they aren’t changing as dramatically, I’ll only be posting about them occasionally. I will be updating the albums on the chicken page each week so you can check out there progress there if you’re interested.

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One Response to Chickens 8.5 weeks

  1. Marcia says:

    So whatever it is came back again last night. It’s determined. Good thing you put latches on the flap door.

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