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chicks are 1 week old

May 14, 2009

A week is gone before you know it during springtime.  It’s seems like just yesterday I was fretting over the chicks making it to the farm safely.  Now I’m fretting if they are eating, and growing!  All are fine and no worse for wear.  Butt patrol has only shown two pullets with pasted vents.  But they are on the mend after a little attention.

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They won’t look cute too much longer.  They are eating out of their metal feeders now, and are using the gravity fed bell waterer.  On a farm, it is all about the ease of doing chores.  Once they have all learned to drink from the bell waterer, I won’t have to fill the small chick waterers every day.

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The chicks are showing good interest in the grass and weeds that are sprouting in the brooder.

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The most common weed in here is Lambsquarters.  Normally it doesn’t show up in the garden for a month or more, but in the greenhouse/brooder it is already showing some growth.  Being high in vitamins A and C, and calcium, it is an excellent supplement for the chickens.

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As you can see the Cornish Cross are much larger than the little girls who will be our egg layers even though they are the same age.

In other news, our weather has been very cold and wet and if it isn’t wet, it has been frosty.  Gardening is just a figment of my imagination at this time.  Warmer weather is predicted for this weekend though.  Some gardening will be in my immediate future!

I hope to get to all my unanswered comments soon too, I haven’t forgotten, and I plan to work my way backwards and get caught up.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2009 1:55 am

    They may not be cute long, but they sure are for now!

    I hope the weather cooperates with you soon so you can get started in the garden. It’s hard to believe others are still waiting while I’m harvesting loads of early stuff and counting how many baby tomatoes there are. Of course, I have to suffer through the summer here, but for now, I’m glad I’m here. 🙂

  2. Megan permalink
    May 14, 2009 7:48 am

    My but I do have issues for these cute little suckers! Is it true that if one of them gets sick or (heaven forbid) dies that his brethren will eat him? One of my rotten family members was telling me this the other day in hopes of deflecting my desire for chickens…

  3. May 14, 2009 8:10 am

    Raising chicks in a greenhouse/broder is a whole new concept to me. And a very neat idea.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

  4. May 14, 2009 8:27 am

    It’s amazing that they will stop being cute so soon, but then, they do grow up very fast. They’re funny moving around together in that little flock.

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