Been a tough few days with homework and everything else going on--sorry for not posting! I do have the babies' 4-week pictures from today (which I may or may not have nearly forgotten to post here today...), but I haven't been able to take pictures of them since their 3-week pictures so that's all I have. Boo! Anyway, it's astonishing how much bigger they look in these pictures compared to the last set I took. They are getting so big and feathering in so fast!! I'm pretty much sure at this point that Bennie is a boy, as his comb is definitely pinking up, and, like, 95% sure that Winter is a boy as well with the big comb and wattles he's developing already! No definite clues on Marka or Indi yet, though.
The Broody Brigade is officially starting up now, too.
She Who Sleeps Standing Up went into full-out, wicked-evil, broody-in-a-bad-way mode a few days ago! She's been shrieking at everyone, even when she's not on the nest, and being downright nasty to anyone that crosses her path! I kind of saw it coming because for a few days I had been seeing her feathers in the nest boxes more than usual from her belly going bare to brood. URGH! She's been on broody-buster treatment for a couple days now, no end in sight for her wickedness. Elda's belly has also gone suspiciously bare, so I'm keeping an eye out for her to start up, too...
We've had a few scares with Crash this week, too. She was briefly eggbound on a hard-shelled egg. I had noticed that her breastbone was sticking out more than usual, but she still weighed the same because she was blocked up and unable to poo. Thankfully, it passed on its own without me having to do any serious intervention. Today, she struggled for hours with a shell-less egg. I honestly don't know which is worse on her at this point, the soft or hard eggs.
When I checked on her upon returning home from class, she let me pick her up and pet her, both unusual for her. I held her against my chest with her head nestled on my shoulder, and I could hear her kind of grunting as she tried to lay that egg, poor baby. When I checked on her later, after she had finally laid it, she was right back to her usual, nibbles and squirminess and not wanting to be held for anything.
I really hope she gets things figured out soon so that she doesn't have to struggle so much with her eggs.
Anyway, the baby pictures! Can't believe it's already been 4 weeks since they arrived!
Pretty little Indigo!
Cool and collected Marka!
And spunky little Winter! Look at the set of wattles he's got coming in!
It was snowing off and on today, and some of it was blowing in the window where the babies were. They seemed to enjoy it! (It was still blowing in when I took this picture, too--see the snow on Indi?)
Bennie, oh Bennie! I knew he would be a squirt from the get-go! Look at this face!!
Bennie again--he says, "Wait up, guys!!"
Here's Marky and Indi in the corner, playing innocent.
Winter and Marka--can you tell who's who?
(Winty's on the left and Marky's on the right.
Marka on a brick! I wanted to get a picture of his wings as he hopped off, but I shot too soon!
Here's Bennie preening his feathers with Winter in the background.
Unfortunately, that's all I got because my camera ran out of memory!
But no worries--I moved some pictures off my camera, so there's plenty of room next time.
Oh, and since I haven't posted it in quite a long time--EEK, JUST 38
DAYS UNTIL THE HATCHERY BABIES ARRIVE!!
Now, I really need to get to bed for class in the morning--good night all!