First day outside!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Agilityscots, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Songster

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    My girls will be three weeks old on Monday, and I wanted to get them outside today because the weather is just gorgeous...and I've been dying to let them see the big world! I set up a little makeshift pen with some plastic netting, put their waterer outside and then popped them all in a puppy crate. It was SO funny watching them do their chicken thang! They scratched, they chased one another around every time one had a "find" of some sort, and ate their first bugs. They had some grit with breakfast this morning to prepare them for their lunch. [​IMG]

    Ophelia, my stripey little Gold-laced Wyandotte, needs to be renamed Dipstick. She repeatedly found little twigs, then ran around chirping like crazy; the others would try to steal her goodie, but they soon gave up when they realized she was an idiot and was only carrying around twigs. Dipstick!

    On a more sinister note, it didn't take long for the red-tailed hawks and a sharpie to find us. Four or five circled above us for a while, and I sat myself right inside the little pen (no bigger than 4 feet around) and when one flew over the neighbor's house, I got up and clapped and yelled. I don't know if that's what made them go away, but they didn't come back. I love hawks but I don't want them eating my chicks!

    Here are some pics of their first outing!

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  2. missusduray

    missusduray Songster

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    Totally cute!! Wonderful looking babies!
    Kristyne
     
  3. Judymae

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    How sweet. I wish the rain would stop here so I could take mine outside. It's gonna be a culture shock when they finally get to go out!
     
  4. Agilityscots

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    Thank you! They were very silly at first, huddling in the corner like, well, a bunch of chickens, but it didn't take long for them to start wandering around. When a helicopter flew overhead, they all froze in place for about thirty seconds and I laughed so hard I almost cried...they're just too funny!! Their intense little chicken behaviors just make me laugh!

    Amy
     
  5. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    The first time outside with them is always such fun -and it just gets better from there! Thanks for the pics of the cute chicks! [​IMG]
     
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Great pix Amy and thanks for sharing!

    Dawn
     
  7. TreyClark281

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    lol mine follows me around the yard while i prepair there breakfast and it is so cute because when i stop it flys on my sholder and then on my head! lol silly bird.
    congrats now think when they start laying!!!!
     
  8. Agilityscots

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    LOL, Trey, I think I'm going to pass out when I get my first egg! [​IMG]

    Amy
     

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