Day six with the chicks

The new girls are growing before our eyes and are also growing in confidence. At first they spent a lot of time in their little coup just popping out for food, water and a quick run around.

Today the chicks have been outside all day apart from when they went inside to “dust bath”. I guess it will take a while for them to realise that they can do that outside too!

I think the good weather is encouraging to them stay outside. Yesterday they were side by side in a shaft of sunlight but I didn’t manage to get my camera quickly enough. Sunshine is also new to them.

All the older seramas have taken an interest in the water bottle and Spangle especially. Spangle has actually worked out that she can just about get her beak through the wire to the spout. It’s quite amazing because it seems that she remembers the water bottle and yet it was three years ago that the seramas had water bottles on their arrival with us.

There is another thing that has been really cute and I managed to get some photos today. Spangle will be at the water bottle on her side and the chicks will be at the water bottle on their side and they are not at all bothered by each other. They actually go and join Spangle at the water bottle or she joins them at the water bottle.

And something even more cute than that. Speckles and Spangle often stand beak to beak. They will stand perfectly still but beak to beak. It seems to be their special thing. A couple of times today Spangle and Sugar were standing perfectly still and were also beak to beak. It’s difficult to capture the exact moment but I got a shot just as they had moved slightly apart.

Exploring their space
They are growing already
Spangle joins them at the water bottle
Spangle and Sugar had just been beak to beak
Spangle and Sugar at the water bottle
Spangle and Sugar continued at the water bottle even after Shadow had moved away

I am loving how adorable the chicks are and how there is no animosity between the the rest of the flock and them. I am very pleased with how it is progressing.

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6 Responses to Day six with the chicks

  1. marion says:

    It is lovely to see, It must make it easier when the time comes to put them all together.
    I can see the little ones growing with every blog.

    • Carol says:

      It is lovely and I think integrating them will be really easy. The main reason they have to be separate at the moment is the different food as they are on chick crumb and then will move on to growers whereas the other girls are on layers. I realised when I looked back through the photos how quickly they are growing. They get through a dish of chick crumb a day.

  2. sophie says:

    Looks like it will be a very easy integration!

    xx

    • Carol says:

      I think it will be easy. Spangle has formed an alliance with them already. She is at the other side of their water every day. It’s just the food as you will know. I can’t believe how much chick crumb they are getting through every day! xx

  3. david says:

    They are lovely and, as always, you choose very apt names. Am I right in thinking that Shadow seems to be a bigger-bodied bird than Sugar?

    • Carol says:

      You are right that Shadow is a bigger bodied girl than Sugar. We know seramas can vary in size anyway, Cinnamon was tiny and Salmon is the smallest of my older four, but also I can’t be sure of their exact age. Shadow could perhaps be a week older than Sugar. The breeder has so many birds that she is never sure of their exact age and I just guessed at three months. Shadow has turned out to be even more apt a name as she is very firmly Sugar’s shadow!

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