Well, today was the day - weighing day (4 weeks) and moving day! Completely exhausting/traumatic for me, didn't seem all that hard on the chicks. They love their new home (they had most of the day to explore), though they predictably chirped loudly like they were dying for a little while as it got dark (as they tended to do in the brooder), before settling down (I sat out in the yard with them until they settled - the tractor is very sturdily predator- and dig-proof, but I didn't want them harassed through the wire by a cat drawn by the cheeping). So, I have data and I have more baby pics.
Tank continues to astonish and amaze - he's over a pound now. But he has a rival cockerel who's also pretty big. In the second chart (growth curves for each chick), I noted the sex in the legend (it's starting to be very obvious for some of them).
Now photos (if you click on them, they are fairly high resolution). I sat with them in the tractor this afternoon watching them. Puppy was mostly more interested in the dirt than me, but a second pullet has decided that I am awesome. Her name is now Sweetie:
Here's Tank, with a cheeky look into the camera:
One with a lovely black/brown feathering (the neurologically abnormal NH is next to him - still hanging on, though growth curve is predictably starting to fall off):
A black cockerel with a fat comb (it's redder than it looks in this photo):
They loved sunbathing - including one (sex unsure) that first looked black (with all black down), but now has a lot of copper highlights (and white face markings):
And some other assorted shots showing the different colors/patterns in their baby feathers:
I would welcome anyone offering "proper" names for any of these feather color/patterns (though I realize they will grow into adult plumage) - I'm stuck with light brown, dark brown, red brown, brown back, black brown...
I am SOOOOOO glad to get them outside!!!
- Ant Farm