So week one begins on Monday, March 29 at 5am central time. This is when they hatched. They arrived here at my house at 8:30am Tuesday, March 30th. All healthy and active. They aren't very noisy. I haven't had any trouble with them though I had to wash the behind on one just now, noon on Wednesday the 31st. I'm really tired this afternoon because I stayed awake after 4am today. Probably the excitement. I also spoke to a lady about the Buckeye Chicken. She just hatched some and I would like a few. http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/buckeye.html this basically explains why. Her farm is not far from here.
3 days old
So far the chicks have been really easy to care for and are a lot of fun to watch. The water is the biggest thing right now. Keeping it clean. They fall asleep in the evening making a circle around the warming lamp and they don't wake up until the sun is well up. Of course there always seems to be the odd few that get kicks out of running on top of everyone else and waking them up. But they quickly fall asleep again until all of them are sleeping. Their wing feathers are growing longer. I just witnessed a little sparring, chest bumping play. Kind of like teenage boys. This picture is what they look like now at 3 days old. The wing feathers
are getting longer. I put a couple of old boards in the nest for them and they love to show off on it. This little chick is doing leg stretches.
4 days old
Yesterday I bought 5 little Buckeye chicks. They are two days older than the White Plymouth Rock that I have. So altogether now I have 30 chicks. They are all doing great. Every once in a while I have to clean off a pasted butt, but I think that is normal.
The two extra days seem to make a difference to the amount of wing feathers. One of them even has a few tail feathers.
It was a warm day yesterday. It got up to 78 F. I opened the windows on the front porch in the afternoon. When it was time to go to Chloe's ballet class the sun was shining in the brooder and the thermometer was up above 100 F so I unplugged the heat lamp.
Chicks are getting bigger now and growing feathers fast. I have to get larger feeder and waterer for them this week.Two weeks old into the third week
Motley looking bunch.