Before going to pickup our new additions, we did a lot of research on what we needed. BYC was my main source for information. We started by bringing home 2 chicks, since our backyard laws only allow 2. On the 2nd day, I noticed one of the babies was having a hard time going potty... I immediately signed into BYC and found the issue. Even with my efforts, it was too late for the lil girl. She passed away. At that point, 4 days into raising baby chicks, I was ready to give up! My boyfriend loving the chicks, left the house and later returned with 2 more baby chicks... So if your keeping track, I now have 3! (shhhh)
This time I watched over all 3 babies more than I am sure was needed, but I wasn't going to loose another one! I was determined!
As the days go by, our new babies are growing like weeds! As I get excited about making their permanent home, I run to home depot to start collecting materials. After 3 days of building, I had a cute little chicken coop. (Yes, there is a lot to this story) Once it was finished, I moved the 3 babies into the new coop for a test drive! They loved it!! Within an hour they were running up and down the stairs and in and out and around the garage!
Seeing they liked the coop, after a few days we moved them out into the backyard during a very warm afternoon. This was the first time the chicks had been outside in the yard. As they peeked out of their door, they saw the familiar big sisters they now had (Abby & Mya) and decided it was safe to go outside.
Now for the Introductions!
First, I would like to introduce ROSIE! Rosie is a Rhode Island Red. She is THE MOST friendly of the 3. She comes running when you call her name or when she sees you, and loves to be held and her ears/head stroked. She has no problem falling asleep while in your lap.
Next we have BUTTERCUP! She is a Sicilian Buttercup. Buttercup will come when you call her or she sees you in the yard, but does not like being held. She was the first to explore the new coop, the ramp, the yard, the dogs and to eat the very first worm. She snatched it up quick and ran around the garage trying to get the others to chase her! She is also the smallest of the 3.
And last, we have CINNAMON! Cinnamon is a Sex Link. She is the larger of the 3, and is just as friendly as Rosie! She likes to be held and stroked and will sit in your lap. Cinnamon is the "taster", if its in her reach, she is tasting it! Rosie and Buttercup tend to follow Cinnamon, maybe because she knows where all the food is... haha
Favorite Past Times!All 3 girls (almost 14 weeks old now) love the patio! I'm not sure if its the comfy furniture, the squishy throw blankets or smelling dinner as I am cooking. Sometimes I think they just like being close enough to hear us.
** This is the 3 of them looking into the screen patio door! **
They all need to see what mommy is doing inside their house and run!
The NEW Coop!Like I was saying, Its going on week 14 and as we are looking at the size of our girls and then the coop they were in, it was time to expand the house. There was no way that these 3 would fit comfortably when fully grown, maybe the original two, but not 3! So here we go again... but this time I was back on the BYC site looking at larger designs and back to Home Depot we went....
So we went from this To This -->
Enough room for activities!!
Even a swing! Can't wait to see them use it
At 10 weeks, they know when its time for night night!