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The chicks continue to grow and get more adventurous. We try to get them out as much as possible so they can run around–I just hate the thought of any creature spending so much time in a cage. But, for their own safety and to make sure they stay warm and fed, they've got a few weeks left in the brooder.
The big news this week is that we are starting to bring them outside for just a few minutes at a time so they can meet the other hens. Here are the adults, regarding the newcomers with suspicion:
And here are the newcomers, regarding the adults with suspicion:
Chickens are nothing if not wary. Hens do not look at strange baby chicks and immediately say, "Oh, she's so cute, is she mine?" Really, if their hormones aren't telling them to love it, they don't love it.
It's not quite warm enough for the chicks to be outside for any length of time, so we're only doing this for a few minutes here and there when the sun's out. I am worried about one of the larger birds pecking them–even a small injury would be difficult to deal with. So we, too, are approaching the whole situation with caution.