The chicks are happily in their coop. It's reinforced to keep out predators in our woodsy backyard, and it's working because we've heard a screaming fox in the night cursing Kirk's good handiwork. The first few nights we ushered them up to the nesting box and closed the door for the night, opening it in the morning, but now they come and go as they please. See the video!
Natural elements for added interest and pine shavings. Bye bye, puppy pads! The warming lamp is off, too. Just a week or two until they're in their coop outside. Elvo's Barred Rock speckles are really started to show, and Tik-Tok's comb is growing quickly. It's surprisingly wobbly rather than stiff.
Buff Orpingtons are known as the Golden Retrievers of the chicken world, and she's like a supermodel within her breed. A true beauty with a disposition to match. She hugs the thermometer clock most of the day, hence the name. When she gets up for food and water, the others battle for her spot. Her bestie is our other Buff O.- Gopher. So named because she's always trying to burrow under things.