Last week I got my little coop off of craigslist. We were going to fix up our 30 yr old 14x6 coop, but decided we didnt have time or $$ to spend on it and I bought a small chicken tractor with run on craigslist. Last night I picked up the chicks that I also found on CL. I got a barred rock, an austrolorp, a buff orph, and a NH red. They are approx 5 weeks old. 3 are 98% feathered, and the NH is mostly feathered on her body. We got home lateish and it was too cool out to put them in the new coop, plus we have to chick proof before they can go in overnight. The chicks got to spend the night in the house in a wire dog crate. The 2 dogs and cat were very interested and scared the chicks a bit at first, but they are all getting used to each other. I noticed a couple chicks testing to see if they could squeeze out between the wires, didnt look like they could fit more than their heads and necks though. I warned hubby that IF they did get out, to grab the dogs first, then the chicks. For bedtime we put them in our office and covered with a blanket and closed the door. The chicks and the rock in particular chattered quite a while, then around 11 went quiet. I think this may have been when they made their break for it! Got up early this morning and 3 of the 4 had escaped and were hiding around the room. Had a fun little roundup! The buff was the only one left in the cage, she is not the biggest, but is the most mellow, I think she just didnt care to try to get out, or didnt try hard enough.They are back in their crate. Had hoped to get them outside for a bit today, but it is still pretty cool out. Maybe later!
They have not been handled much and were in a group of 25-50 chicks in their previous homes. The rock seems pretty fearless, pecked me one when I picked her up the first time, but didnt mind being held much. the NH red and the austro are very timid, the buff is just chill. I guess they have their little personalities already!
Now to name them...The buff is my hubbys fave, so I let him name her Buttercup..yeah, original! lol Trying to think of a feisty but feminine name for the rock. I named the red Cinna from the hunger games which I am reading now. I think the austro will be Rue, and was thinking of Katniss for the rock since she kind of fits the personality a bit of the main character in the books. I'm sure something will come to me...
So far it has been an interesting adventure!