The chicks were out enjoying the sun in the run. I didn't get any pictures, but Hilma the bunnny who's preggers again was in the run digging a burrow while we cleaned the bunny pen.
Here are all the birds we have at the moment:
The bigger ones are 13 days and the two hybrid pullets are 9 days. They were outside for about 2 hours in 30F temps, and showed no signs of freezing. Mommy tucked them in under her wings a couple of times, but mostly they just dug around in the run.
This was pretty amazing for 9-day-old birds in my opinion.
So, no worrying about the chicks being stuck in the run either. One of them didn't understand that he was supposed to return inside, so mommy-Töyhtis came out and coaxed him into climbing the steps. Once again, broodies beat brooders 100-0 in my book. No worrying about keeping the chicks at 90 F (which seems really high anyway), and no issues with integrating adolescents at a later age. I haven't seen the big ones peck the chicks a single time. When we had our first chicks, we put up a separator in the coop, but when we took it down, we had some issues with pecking, this has really been the best way for us the last few times.
Also, looks like the chicks are about ready to go on the same grain mix that our grown ups use, at least they're happy to eat it. And no loose poops have been spotted anywhere. I really like the yeast stuff we add to our feed, it seems to work wonders. I'm sure there is cocci in our coop and run, at least when we had fecal tests done on the bunnies that was the case. But they don't seem to have any symptoms either, the batch we butchered a week ago had completely clear livers.
Edited by vehve - 3/20/16 at 3:07am