update- 3 days old

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dovecanyon, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    Niland, CA
    OK, update time. I am surprised at how quiet my chicks are. I expected them to be louder, noisier. They peep to each other so softly it's almost like they are whispering. It is so sweet. The only one that makes any loud peeping is the RIR, "Ruby". Occasionally she will let out a yell. Well, she has me trained! Every time she does that I go running, and the little darlin' just looks up at me so sweetly.[​IMG] I put my hand down and she comes running to be held.[​IMG] Aaaw, she loves her mommy. I don't think my heart can take much more, it is about to explode with love already![​IMG]
    Question: any good ideas for "toys" to put in with them at 3 days old? They are active little girls, and maybe need something to keep them busy. I accidentally dropped a tiny piece of pound cake in the brooder yesterday, and they had it in a flash- I mean FAST. It was so funny to watch them chasing each other around to get it for themselves. No more eating over the brooder!
    Actually caught all 3 of them asleep at the same time! That doesn't happen often...

    That's it for now, must go work on the coop! More later...
  2. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    So precious! Mine are 8 days old today and they are maniacs! Loud, running all over the place, slam dancing(that's what I call it)-my brooder box looks like a mosh pit! And like you said, I go running in there when someone screams and they all look at me like "what, what did we do?" [​IMG]

    Don't get me wrong, they are adorable and I love them!
  3. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    As for toys... I would think anything that they could get on or shove around. Wooden blocks or pieces of 2"x4", plastic cat toys, wadded up newspaper, globs of yarn and bells suspended from above (tied to a dowel that spans the brooder box). Strings of cheerios drooped into the brooder. Any kind of ladder or roosting bar/stick -- to jump up onto and jump down off of.

    I'm trying to think of something they might like to fling into the air over and over, like leaves or grapes.

    I would think anything you put in with them would have some entertainment appeal -- just think "safety". Like if you put a small mirror in with them could it topple over and cause injury?

    Flower pots laid on their side or a flower pot saucer filled with sand for a dust bath.

    You could keep those babies and you entertained all day! LOL Pictures please.

  4. sassychiken

    sassychiken Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2009
    Coastal Bend
    Quote:That's funny Easttxchick...mine are 8 days old today and last night they were BONKERS! They've been sweet little things for the first week - happy, playful, and nice little "whisper cheeps" going on. But last night it was like something snapped. I heard them chirping and checked on them and they had finally discovered that perhaps pine shavings could be fun! It was EVERYWHERE!!! In the water, in the food, and at about a 3 foot parameter around the brooder (just using an old rabbit cage). And they did this for HOURS!!!! They used to get tired after playing but not last night! This morning I went in and they were back at it! LOL

    I think this weekend they are gonna get moved to the dog crate. They'll have a LOT more room to play and there are sides to help keep stuff from being kicked out [​IMG]
  5. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    Niland, CA
    I ended up putting in several things for "toys", but by far the favorite is the empty duct-tape roll. I turned it up on it's side, thinking they would have fun going through it, and I wasn't disappointed... but, the best part was when one of them got in it sideways and started rolling- looked like a hamster in a wheel! They are all 3 just too cute. I'm so torn, wish they could stay this tiny forever and can't wait for them to grow up and become chickens!

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