New baby chicks play a game of cricket

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ruth, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    I wish I had a video camera yesterday - the movie would be worth a million bucks.

    I stopped at the bait shop and bought a container of live crickets thinking I would try feeding them to my older chicks which are about 16 weeks old and free-range all day - just to see if they would chase and eat the crickets. Well that wasn't much of a show - they just grabbed and swallowed them whole as soon as they hit the ground.

    So, I thought, let me see what happens if I put one in the pen with my 5 day old baby buff orps. I tell you I've never laughed so hard. One would grab a cricket and run and the other 3 would be in hot pursuit - they were fumbling - stealing - passing - jumping over each other - tackling - true game of football or as the Brits call it "cricket". I kept dumping more and more in the pen and they did this with each one. At one point each chick had it's own cricket in it's mouth but they were still chasing each other. Not only was the game so funny but I was amazed that those baby chicks would just swallow the crickets whole.

    Gotta get some more crickets and have my video camera ready this time.

    And for those of you who wonder, yes, I put my day old chicks out in the pen and feed them regular foods and I've never seen anything so happy. They play a similar game at night if you turn the light on in their pen - they chase after, catch and eat, the bugs that come toward the light. Sometimes they're just chasing the bugs' shadows on the back wall of the pen and can't figure out why they can't catch and eat the thing.

    And today they got their first watermelon - had a similar game with the seeds and ate every bit of that melon.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Ya know.....I have brooded 2 sets of babies so a nice warm brooder...regulated temps....clean shaveings...and proper diet. They all turned out great, however, the mess, and time invested...WOW.
    I have a hen with 5 babies now...( about a week old) I do put starter crumbles out there for them, but they are not seperated from the original flock of 13 RIR/Mix. Everyone gets the crumbles....but I only put it out once in the morning. The babies do seem to get thier fair share...and momma is taking them out in the yard...teaching them to scratch up " good eats" They sure seem happy....and momma is VERY protective. I think I will put the bator away....after the last batch hatch out...and just let momma's do the work for me.
  3. frankenchick

    frankenchick Songster

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    ruth, that's exactly what my chickens do with mac 'n' cheese. I laugh until I cry! [​IMG] If my babies did nothing else but make me laugh, I'd call us even.
  4. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster


    that is exactly why I let my chickens do the work. Don't separate mine either. Mommas do a fine job protecting them and making sure they get enough food.

  5. RebelsHope

    RebelsHope Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    That is too funny. Mine were doing it with a little slug today. I had them out on grass ( see the pic under Name that chicken in the baby chick page) We have had so much rain and slugs and worms are everywhere.

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