Finally got some pictures. The littles were 3 weeks old this past Monday. I had been very worried that they wouldn't stay in the coop stall very long after being given portals from the brooder, but it turns out they stayed in the stall more than a week, and only just came out into the yard today, this very day. I wound up setting things up so there is birdnetting overhead most of the yard, and 1-inch poultry wire covering 36-42 inches of the cattle panel fencing surrounding the chicken yard. We knew they were about to emerge from the pop door as of yesterday, so blocked off the exit last night. Once the pop door opened today, all the chickens were outside, including the littles. It's been a great day of them progressively getting more confident and the bigs have been completely fine with them. I'm so stoked!
First picture is our rooster, purchased as a purebred Ameracauna Blue.
Here is a picture from 1 week old:
Pictures from 2 weeks, 6 days old:
Pictures from today at 3 weeks, 2 days old:
(Sorry some of them are in deep shade so hard to see anything, but wanted to show that they are very much mixing with the Bigs.)
The chicks have been getting more and more comfortable with me and when I sat down out in the chicken yard they mobbed me, flying onto me, jumping up, perching on arms and legs. Very sweet. My other two batches of chicks (the adults you see here) were never that friendly, although there were friendly chicks in each batch. The photos showing the small-size feeder and waterer are taken from the side of the barn where the chicks are hanging out in the shade. Around the front are the adult-sized feeders and waterer, grit and oyster shell bowls, etc. We had put some sod that we dug up along the barn to try to shore up the erosion, it has taken hold, and turned out to be perfect protection and cuddle space for the littles. Flash is in that picture-- she is being very motherly towards them. Sorry such a long post-- wanted to go ahead and git these photos posted.