Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Chicks Plot Their Escape . . . And So Do We

I feel like I've been slacking a bit on posting lately, but to be honest with you, I don't know how any of you have time to read my posts anyway! Spring is in full force here with the garden, yard work, Tball, school programs, field trips, someone needs a lunch packed, someone else needs clothes washed for tomorrow, and they all want to eat 3 times a day on top of it all (imagine that!). But seriously, I have at least 3 posts drafted and two in my head and on my camera, and one more requested, so it's just getting them written that is causing the trouble! ;-) Whew, enough about me, now on to your regularly scheduled reading.

Our cute little chickies aren't so little anymore. They are growing like the weeds in the garden. No wait, even faster than the weeds in the garden--I'm actually keeping up on those pretty well. We spent most of today making slow progress on a yard area for them and planning on building a coop. Some friends have offered to loan us their coop, it just won't be big enough when they're grown up so we'll be making our own at some point anyway.

So they are still in the chick box which is quickly becoming too small. Every morning I go in to change food and water (and usually a couple more times during the day--I'm working on a better food/water system as soon as we get them out of the little box!). And these crazy chickies have filled their feeder with straw (there's perfectly good food under the straw) and they all stare at me until I open the lid. As soon as the lid is open, one or more of them try to fly out of the box (see the wing on the right side of the picture?) Now, this takes some wrangling, as I still have one hand on the lid and now need to push chicks back into the box with the other hand!

It works best if I can bring a little helper with me! Fortunately for us, they haven't figured out they could just fly up and over the edge yet--they just fly up to the edge and stop there long enough to get pushed back in.Crazy birds! They're loving the worm and bug deliveries from the kids also! Hopefully some time this week we'll be able to get the outside coop/run finished and they can get out and get some exercise . . . and my husband can have his tool box back! :)

8 comments:

HermitJim said...

Now that was a cute post...and the pictures are great as well! I just love the way that you almost make us feel as though we were there!

The Hermit said...

We've got four orphans my daughter is raising right now. Slightly smaller than your chicks. It won't be long and she'll be able to let them out to join the other yard chickens.

small farm girl said...

You think they try to excape now, wait until they are older. I believe they are the original excape artist.

Kathleen said...

How funny, overcrowded chick boxes happen here every spring. We have a two box system, a smaller box for new chicks and a larger box for when they get a few weeks old, a few weeks after that it's off to the stall.

Sharla said...

Wow, they are so big! I hope your back is doing okay with all of this outside work! If you get this today will you call me?

Chef Tess said...

Wahooo on this post! I loved reading about the birds!

Angela said...

Jim-it's too bad you're not here--we could use some help this weekend finishing the coop! :)

Maggy said...

It seems like my chickens exploded overnight from little chicks to full on chickens. Not sure when it happened, but it did. I'm glad I'm not the only one! Mine will probably head out to the coop this weekend!