The more I hung out with Jeanie and her babes, the more I taken by how gentle and attentive a chicken can be. Ya ever seen a hen walk when her couple day old chicks are around? She wouldn't stand right up...more of a soldier crawl scoot walk, chicken style. I had her nest and a few feet fenced off in the barn so the twins wouldn't drive her insane or hurt the chicks. About 2 feet wide by 4 feet long. Plenty of head room too but you wouldn't have known it by watching her kind of scoot walk so as not to accidently step on a babe she didn't see. Not that she was hefty, but in comparison to newborns that hardly weighed in at more than 2 cotton balls...I imagine getting stepped on would've not been pleasant.
All her tender care kind off went out the door when she insisted on a dusting. Babes all around her...well...they got their 1st dust bath without trying. Shoot, you can barely see the fluff balls
Take a notice on the size of these chicks here on the branch I layed up against the twins old baby brooder and right next to it...it still amazes me how fast these chicks grow! Why, you have to squint to even see them
They're about twice the size already, here. Look at them chow down like a bunch of piranhas!
Now look at them! They took to perching way earlier than our 1st bunch, too. I'd dare say close to 2 weeks earlier. Mama Jeanie taught them good! They look like little chicken hawks don't they?
In honesty, I got to say that when the wifey swayed my vote to cream legbars, the first thing come to mind when she showed me pictures on the interweb, was
"WOW...wierd. I don't think I like them with that look" but when their little wacky hairdos started to come out, I got to say, it grows on ya!
So glad the twin old brooder come to still useful. The babes loved hanging out in, on and around it
Jeanie'd get outside the coop time but I was a little hesitant about the babes going out with her. How they watch her from the coop...!
This little one kept trying to get out by going under that step stool...like it had a magical porthole..! The look on his face..you could see the confusion when he'd come out...tsk poor thing. Tiny little duh birdie
I tell ya...they grow too fast... Just look at this monster!
OK so we gave the 3 cockerels and 2 pullets to a friend of ours that lives around the ways here. All good, good people, good chicken people. So we got our 2 little chickies. Boo and Poppin. Poppin was the only one that got names from day one because she was the first to pop ...in haha to the world. Boo's got the bigger hair up front. This picture was on cinco de mayo..and No.
no alcoholic beverages were given to underaged chicks at anytime
Jeanie begging for peanuts. She'd give both her chicks for peanuts
Look at how tiny Boo was!
Jeanie by the kiddie pool, see the itty bitty in the back by the fence post?
Heck I didn't even see this mini peeper in the palm fronds till I almost stepped on her
Poppin looks up and discovers shes alone!