Friday, April 24, 2009

Feathered Friends

The little chicks are getting grown up, as all three have begun to sport a lot of new feather growth! Maude is still the largest, but Lottie is definitely the most athletic. She's the only one that flies up on to the roosting pole I put in their habitat. I also added a plush dog toy that looks like a hedgehog, and they all like clustering around it. What can I say, they're funny little creatures!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Yogurt is a Chick's Best Friend

I've spent the past few days trying to get the chicks more accustomed to me. They were pretty easy to handle the first couple of days, but they've gained in both size and agility seemingly overnight. Their cute, whisper-like peeps have morphed into full out shrieks every time I stick my hand in their cage. That was, until I discovered the allure of plain yogurt. I picked up this tip from the Backyard Chickens forum, and it has opened up a new world of friendship between me and my feathered friends. They still aren't too keen on being picked up, but they seem to have grown less afraid of my hand in their cage. I'm met with only a medium level of dramatic wing flapping and screeching now. 

They are growing amazingly fast.  Lottie and Wanda seem to be growing at the same rate, but Maude is a lot larger and has the most feathers. (Maude is on the left, Lottie is to the right.) Their personalities are also beginning to take shape. Lottie is the most athletic. She likes madly launching herself off the top of the feeder. Wanda is a drama queen. Her shrieks are the loudest and she runs around in circles shrieking when you try and pick her up, but she is the first to come eat yogurt off my fingers. Maude is the most laid back. At first, we thought she might be "special" due to her staid nature, but I think this is just how she rolls.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Three Hot Chicks

That's right, I picked up three hot chicks at the post office today. Before you get the wrong idea, these were my day old baby chickens I ordered from My Pet Chicken. I got the phone call around 10:45 this morning, and drove to the post office shortly thereafter.  I waited patiently while they went to retrieve my package, and I was handed the box to the left.  The vigorous peeping emitting from my box got some curious stares!  I hurriedly took them to the car so I could get them home and out of the box ASAP! 

After a short drive home I was able to open up the box and take out the cute little chicks. All of them seemed to be fine, and I placed them in their toasty container with food and water.

They seemed a little scared and skittish at first, but they soon began exploring. The yellow one likes to get INTO the food container. She barely fits now, so I have a feeling I'll be rescuing her from a half in/half out posture very shortly! Luckily the container slides apart easily into two pieces.
They are very amusing to watch, and their peeps are actually quite nice and soothing!