Yay! Finally a nice day to take chicks out! *Pic Heavy*

donnap1967

Songster
11 Years
Mar 15, 2008
465
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Northern NJ
Well, I have been waiting and waiting for the temperature here in North Jersey to get warmer so I can introduce my babies to the great outdoors. Today, the temps finally reached 70 and I couldnt wait to get home and take the "kids" out to play.

Ran in the house, set up a "bottomless" box, brought it outside, went in and grabbed our brooder box and started bringing the whole thing out. I couldnt carry all the chicks out at the same time and I didnt want to chance leaving anyone out there unsupervised to make trips.

Struggle to get the box out the storm door, set it at my feet, look up..........

BEAR!!!


Ahh yes a lovely black bear seemed to have just arose from winter hibernation and was looking for something to eat. They don't scare me and I think they are beautiful, we have seem them around quite a few times, but my little chicks I was all I could think about. I yelled and banged and clapped my hands but he didnt seem to care. Quickly squeeze the brooder back through the storm door, run and get my dogs inside, go back out to look.....

Now he's next door ripping a branch off the neighbors tree to get at the bird feeder.


I yelled and clapped and banged some more and I guess he got sick of me and casually walked off to find dinner in a less noisy location.

I waited a half hour more just in case and then brought the chicks out and kept a constant eye on them and kept looking all around for any signs of predators. I kept hearing an owl off somewhere, a hawk squacking somewhere in the sky......you should have seen me out there on guard for anything that might approach lol. I don't even live in the "country" per sey but I do live near a mountain reserve so there are wildlife encounters.

Anyway, chickies had a great time and I managed to relax a little after a while and I enjoyed the sun with them.





















 

chickmomma30

In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 8, 2008
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Odessa MO
I love them i have taken my babies out side recently and they love it the funny thing is mine will fallow the kids around. You have very cute babies. Sorry bot really babies any more. More like teeny boppers lol
 

mandomama

Songster
11 Years
Mar 18, 2008
241
3
129
corvallis oregon
A BEAR! Yikes. I might have grapped a shot gun! You are brave! Your chicks are cute. How old are they? We have owls and hawks and skunks and racoons, and and and...
I will need to guard my babies carefully the first time out!
 

meant2bemommie

Songster
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
149
0
129
California
YIKES a BEAR! That would have put me right back in the house for the rest of the day. LOL You save the day for your chicks and your neighbors!

It looks like they really enjoyed it outside!!!
 

donnap1967

Songster
11 Years
Mar 15, 2008
465
0
139
Northern NJ
Quote:The chicks will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. I am utterly amazed at how fast they are growing! They are at such an awkward stage with their feathers growing and little down poofs sticking out here and there.

We don't see bear very often but they do come around on occasion. I am going to have to build an ultra-predator-proof coop thats for sure.
 

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