Friday, March 03, 2017

Smith Chicks: New chicks

I did not think chicks grew into chickens so fast but wow! We got our second set of baby chicks and the difference between the two sets is comical.

Pictured is Dot - now renamed Anna since she lost her Dot so we can't tell her apart from Elsa anymore. This is Anna (Dot) at just a couple days old.

 Look at how ginormous a little over a 1 week old chick (Elsa and Anna) is compared to a 1 day old chick! I hadn't even noticed how many feathers they had gotten and how big they had gotten. Crazy! It's like when you don't think your toddler is big until you put them next to a newborn and then they seem gigantic!!!

Pictured here is Bucket - Hilton wouldn't stop insisting upon using that name when I asked him what we should name them so I got to name the other two new chicks and he got to name this one. Although I thought my name suggestion for Bucket was much better - Snowflake. To his credit Bucket seems to like him so I think it was a good choice. Bucket is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and will grow up to be white and black striped (kind of) on the ends of her feathers. Google it if that doesn't make sense.

Holding Bucket and Licorice - Hilton is always asking to hold the baby chicks and is definitely obsessed! It will be sad once they're too big for him to easily hold, although probably better for the chicks since he likes to poke them with his nose and squeeze them a little too tight so they start chirping like crazy.

Pictured above are our three new chicks, from top to bottom Licorice (all black - Australorp), Chocolate (brown - Golden Laced Wyandotte), and Bucket (white and black - Silver Laced Wyandotte).

 At two weeks old look at how feathered Elsa (or Anna) already is! They're also already getting their wattles. It seems like it's just around the corner as to when we will need to move them outside to their coop which I have yet to build. Better get started on it!

I was worried about having two chicks so much older then the other brand new ones from what I had heard from other chicken raisers but they have been so sweet together and as evidenced above all sleep together and get along just fine. So far no pecking order here!

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