The newbie chicks got outside for the first time this week! It takes some maneuvering to get them out there, and we hadn’t had time to do it yet, plus we wanted them to have time to get used to the coop first after moving them out there. The coop needed to be cleaned, so it was the perfect time. We had hoped to open the doors and let them go out gradually, but we had to “help” them since our time was limited. That was a project! As you can see, they were a bit scared at first and stayed in a group.
But in time they started to separate and explore, and the big girls came by to say hi.
We hope to get them out more often now; it will be a while yet before they free range or join the whole gang in the coop. They are 8 weeks old tomorrow though! We like to wait until they are big enough to defend themselves against the “big girls”, which means about the same size. You can see in the photos, though they are growing fast, they’re not quite there yet. They now have half the coop to themselves though, and they can sleep on the big roosting bars instead of in their cage. It’s far less messy that way too, so everyone is happy (especially the humans who have to clean said coop)!
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