The Big Move (Blog)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dixie&trixie, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. dixie&trixie

    dixie&trixie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2010
    Yreka California
    I am a new PROUD mommy of 2 four week old chicks. 1 Rhode Island Red and 1 Dutch Leghorn. Ive had them since they were about 5 days old and have been completely fascinated with watching them grow.

    My newly built chicken coop arrived on Saturday. Woo-hoo!! Being the new chick mommy that I am, I was very worried about the Big Move from their comfy little cardboard box to the new pad. I debated on what to put inside….straw, grass clippings, hay, pine shavings, etc. I decided since it was Sunday and the feed stores were closed=no straw or hay available, that I would put my boyfriend to work moving the lawn so I could use the grass clippings. The clippings mixed with pine shavings turned out to be my decision. I placed my two babies inside and after a few confusing clucks and chirps they began to peck and scratch at their new surroundings. The leghorn even jumped right up on the roost and sat awhile! They haven’t quite grasped the concept of the ladder yet, as they simply jump out the door and flap their way to the ground (which thankfully is less than a 2 foot drop). I admire how they both have become inseparable. When they are separated from each other the RIR will cry and cry until they are reunited. Once back together again she will nuzzle up under the Leghorn…just precious! [​IMG]

    Although they haven’t ventured near the two nesting boxes provided for them I presume when the “time is right” they will make good use of them. I feel very fortunate to have found BYC as I now see I’m not a crazy chicken lady after all!
    [​IMG] Pics to come!!!!
  2. valreegrl

    valreegrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2009
    I would be careful with using grass clippings as coop bedding.

    Although they are ok for the chicks/chickens to munch on from time to time, clippings that sit around for a little while will begin to ferment.
    That is not good for your chicks delicate digestive system and could possibly cause a crop impaction also as they harden over time.

    The pine shavings are your smart choice along with hay. Straw is another that can get moldy in the coop and cause respiratory issues, unless you are cleaning often meaning every other day or so.

    Good luck with the chickies!

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