This weekend the coop was completed enough for the chicks (now pullets) to move on out. The weather is consistently warm enough and the coop is sealed from predators and all just in time as the chicks were desperately running out of space in the box in our basement. They seem to enjoy the space to spread out a bit and love to chase the dust in the warm sunlight from the windows. Bob and Abby fashioned a mini roost for them to start with and they jumped right on as if they had been using it since birth. My children grow fast, but I am pretty sure at only 4 weeks old these chicks are now teenagers, with a little less attitude.
Savannah, the chick above, has started to take on a dominance role already. We continue to hope they are all hens and she is just the alpha hen and not a rooster in the making. Since we are not breeding and only looking for the eggs a rooster is not needed and would most likely be a noisy brute.
Just had to share this photo again as it is so darn cute. This was only a few days before they moved out, but there is clear growth in that short time.
Next steps on our chicken palace: nesting boxes, dropping board (as lovely as it sounds), the run and the big girl roosts.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value then they? - Matthew 6:26
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