today was relatively warm and i have had the four young pullets/cockerels in our colder bedroom withthe window open to get used to ambient temps. the mess is already horrendous so downstairs they went, into the big girls' outdoor pen. they were pecked abit, but i had set up several feed stations plus one station of extra yummy treats to keep the big girls busy (hangy leafy greens that can be plucked and pecked). this evening the girls went up inside their nesting area and the shnitzels huddled in a clump under the coophouse so i scooped them up as they shrieked in protest while i tried to keep their mouths (beaks) shut up so the neighbhors wouldnt call to find out why chickens are screeching..which of course made all the dogs in the area start barking hysterically. they were actually happy to go back in their small nighttime cage with an extra scoop of food (just in case the big girls didnt let them eat their fill). theyre almost completely feathered out, they have little red combs, so we are going to have to make some decisions about their place of continuation fairly soon. there is no way they can go in with the thai fowl, as that is for the wiseguys... but they cant stay with the layers cause i will get in trouble. but husband is refusing to do the deed and help them move in to our refrigerator. the other problem is my lhasa apso male. he has become fiercly protective of teh shnitzels and stood the entire day cryng and whining with his nose pushed thru a fence link, and refused to stay in the house. now that they are back up stairs he is laying in front of their door guarding them. im not sure if he sees them as flying food, a fun game, or actual beings that need protection. he is a very protective dog, especially of me, and he is showing the same behavior so who knows. meanwhile have the thai babies in a new improved cardboard carton with fencing cover, perch, hideyhole house, new improved big chicken waterer, grit, food and small amount of crispy veggies to get used to. they are litterly flying around in side their box. the tiny babies are filling out, using their feet, only one has foot problems, (hen hatched) but seems to manage. wont be able to manage in with the wiseguys though, since thai fowl use their feet to fight/spar/run, so he/she will have to become someone's personal pet... hope its a female as her future is better then ifit was a male.