Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chicks are feathering out

The chicks are getting their real feathers now, so they aren't cute fluffy chicks anymore, now they are gangly, scruffy-looking teenagers!

It looks like this is Penny's only chick in the whole batch, at least it's the only one with feathered legs.

These chicks are a week younger than the other batch, but they are feathering out too. They're about four weeks old now.

Mom is still very protective.

We moved the tractors to a new grazing area today. They are tucked under the trees next to the chicken pen/orchard.

The spot where they were sitting is well picked over and fertilized, I'm guessing the grass will recover pretty quickly.

Meanwhile in the coop the third game hen mix has gone broody, so I gave her a nest box and ten eggs to sit on. So in 21 days we should have some more chicks.

The turkeys are doing fine, growing wing feathers and eating like little piggies! I'll get some pics of them again soon.


MarcyKarsey said...

How many chickens are you keeping in each of those tractors?

StefRobrts said...

One tractor has mom and three chicks, the other has mom and seven chicks. If they were full grown I wouldn't keep more than three chickens in a tractor, they are only 4x8.

annaliese said...

oooh! they are kind of ugly now, aren't they?! lol!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

They're all looking good. What are your plans for all those chickens?


StefRobrts said...

Well, I figure I'll keep most of the hens, I have friends who want a few hens also, and the roos will end up on the dinner table. At least that's the plan right now.