It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in my study listening to soft little peeps coming from inside the eggs I had rescued from our broody hen, Bertha, and wondering how many of the seven rescued eggs would actually hatch. Can you believe that it is four weeks ago today since the three chicks chipped their way into the world from those eggs? It has just gone by so quickly and our little fluff balls now resemble something approaching small vultures! They’re so adorably scruffy with feathers sprouting out all over, down falling off in clumps and little patches of bare, pink skin showing through underneath.
They think they are the big chicks on campus, too! They’re swiftly outgrowing the brooder box, and we have had to set up an aviary in the back yard as a day run for them. This will also become their growing out pen once they’ve got enough feathers and can withstand the cooler, humid night air. Until then, they’re playing in the aviary by day, and sleeping in the brooder by night.
Last night was their first full night without the brooder light turned on, and each time I went in to anxiously check on them, they would peer up at me, blinking drowsily and asking what was the problem. “Can’t you see we’re growed ups now? We don’t need the light on at night anymore!”
They had no light on today either, and as I mentioned, spent a couple of hours out in the aviary enjoying the extra space and the warm sunshine on their little bodies.
Ah how soon they grow!
We shot some video of them romping and play fighting in the aviary as they tried out their wings and claws.
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