Five new chicks adopted!

After long way in heavy traffic to the breeder, short travel back home and 3 hours waiting while it will get dark, I finally delivered chicks to their new home on June 19th. Mother hen happily exchanged them for unhatched eggs. Next morning they were looking like they always were together.

Adopted chick on the next morning, June 20, 2015

Adopted chick on the next morning, June 20, 2015

So I decided to move them to my new mother and chicks cage. It’s made by Geoff Lawton’s model, 2 by 3 meters, 50cm high.

Chicks and the hen moved to a larger cage

Chicks and the hen moved to a larger cage

On the next day I noticed that the hen looks too wary and probably a bit overwhelmed by the chicks, so I decided to add a baby sitter to help her.

Mother and aunt take care of the chicks

Mother and aunt take care of the chicks

I have chosen a calm low – rank hen from my silkies, and it worked! Now mother hen has some time for herself, while the aunt is entertaining the chicks.

Chicks behave differently when they have a mom. They have more energy. They are more independent and more inquisitive. They learn chicken habits really fast.

 

While observing the chicks I noticed one with crocked toes. So next time I’ll try to treat it.

A chick with crocked toes

A chick with crocked toes

  2 comments for “Five new chicks adopted!

  1. lyne
    June 21, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Edward!
    I know how to treat crocked toe! But I know to do it with chicks on a cage, not free… First it’s important to see that they do not all sleep over him. Lots of toe and legs problem comes from chicks who are weeked than other one and the brotherhood all sleep on it! For the rest, if it’s not so worst, it will 50% get ok with time. If it’s serious, you have to put tape on it. I can do it.

    • pace
      June 22, 2015 at 6:31 am

      When can you come? I want to do it today.

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