The newbie chicks got outside for the first time this week! It takes some maneuvering to get them out there, and we hadn’t had time to do it yet, plus we wanted them to have time to get used to the coop first after moving them out there. The coop needed to be cleaned, so it was the perfect time. We had hoped to open the doors and let them go out gradually, but we had to “help” them since our time was limited. That was a project! As you can see, they were a bit scared at first and stayed in a group.
But in time they started to separate and explore, and the big girls came by to say hi.
We hope to get them out more often now; it will be a while yet before they free range or join the whole gang in the coop. They are 8 weeks old tomorrow though! We like to wait until they are big enough to defend themselves against the “big girls”, which means about the same size. You can see in the photos, though they are growing fast, they’re not quite there yet. They now have half the coop to themselves though, and they can sleep on the big roosting bars instead of in their cage. It’s far less messy that way too, so everyone is happy (especially the humans who have to clean said coop)!
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Melissa K. Clinton says
I’m shocked at how big they have already gotten! They will be mingling with the big girls in no time.
We can’t wait!! 🙂
Monika, Sam & Elsa says
Wow, look how big they’ve gotten!
It’s interesting though that some of them are way bigger than others!
joann stancer says
ohhh their doing so well. Love the lawn chair in their pen.
We had put that in there for the winter so they could get up out of the snow, and it just ended up staying because they use it all the time!
Ellen Pilch says
They are so pretty. Glad they are getting to enjoy the pen.
I really love the colors we picked this time, and it’s fun that the Auracanas are always a surprise (the multi-colored ones)!
Looks like they are off to a good start with integrating.
Being outdoors together is a great start, even if separated.
They are getting big indeed. This post reminds me of growing up and having chickens each year. They were most social.
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I was very surprised at how social they are – I did not expect that!
Ducky's Mom says
OMG, look how big they’ve gotten!! Except that one black baby against the wall in the third photo. Is it just because s/he is so far away?
Eight weeks old? Doesn’t seem that long ago. But then, too, it doesn’t seem possible that Ducky is nearly 7-1/2 years old, either.
I think it’s more the photo, though that one, and a couple others are smaller than the others.
Oh yes, time certainly does fly!
LLB in Our Backyard says
It’s amazing to see how fast they are growing!
Before we know it, they’ll be laying eggs. We can’t wait, because the current girls are real slackers lately! LOL
Molly the AireGirl says
You newbies are growing like weeds! It won’t be long before you’re hanging with the bigger birds!
Life will hopefully be easier then! 🙂
Driller's Place says
At least they have a nice lounge chair to relax and catch some sun. Have a blessed week.
They’re not spoiled though. LOL
oh they are super fabulous!!! your chicken have a sun lounger? wow that is THE life… da phenny said they take sun baths to lay brown eggs instead white ones… he is an weirdo isn’t he ?
That was a good thought from Da Phenny!! 🙂