Chickens

A Few Days Away

Today was a traveling day. We returned home from a couple of days visiting relatives in the Berkshires.  I am usually anxious after a long trip to return to the girls and see what they have been doing.  I am also curious to see if they remember me. 

First I visited with the chicks.  Apparently, the chicks decided to grow like little weeds!  They all seem so much bigger than when I left.  Their bodies are completely feathered and now their head feathers are beginning to appear.  Dottie Speckles is also growing.  As she is now one week old, I am beginning to see signs of wing feathers. Can you believe the chicks are eating about a pound of food per day?  It is amazing that at 5 weeks, the older chicks are starting to look like mini-chickens!

Next, I went out to the main coop and flock.  Everyone was so happy to see me.  They came running across the run.  I even think I saw Oyster Cracker leap for joy.  It is so nice to get such a warm welcome! Everyone enjoyed taking their turns with me. Later, as I opened the nesting boxes, the three broody girls were still sitting on their invisible eggs.  This made me smile the most.  Everything is just as I left it.