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Chicks Move

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Of course, the chicks were one of the more popular attractions for visiting family yesterday. On the group’s first visit to the barn, I decided to take Delilah for a walk in the opposite direction, to keep her from feeling neglected and barking her shrill attention plea while everyone was cooing over the chicks.

Julian was kind enough to take my camera and record the proceedings for me.

He wonderfully captured the moment when one of the chicks fell asleep in Steve’s grasp. It looks like the poor thing died in his hands.

After the festivities of the day wound down and visitors had departed, Cyndie and I went to work getting power to the chicken coop so we could move the heat lamp out there. The time had come.

We transferred our chicks from the brooder to the coop. They seemed to handle the stress well and quickly looked very comfortable in their new home. One of the Barred Plymouth Rocks wasted no time in climbing the branch that led up to the poop board beneath the two roosts.

I’m pretty sure they will be sitting on the roosts when Cyndie checks on them this morning. They were easily jumping that high in the brooder to sit on top of the waterer.

I moved our trail camera to a tree next to the coop in hopes of recording any new traffic arriving to investigate the fortress. If prowlers begin to snoop, we’d like to find out who it is so we can tailor any control measures for the most likely threats.

We spied on the chicks through the window for quite a while before leaving them for their first night in the new residence. It left us wishing we’d installed a video feed so we could watch them from the house.

Our little chicks are growing up! So far, so good.

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Written by johnwhays

April 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

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  1. I have been following your blog for a few weeks now (even if I haven’t let you know) and I feel like a grandma of the chicks and love knowing every day how things are going for them and for all of you. I wasn’t sure how to respond or reply until today when it said LEAVE A REPLY. Having never done this before (as an old person) you know, I finally figured out what to do. Love reading every morning what is happening at Wintervale and with the both of you.

    GRANDMA MARIE or better know as MOM to you both

    Grandma Marie

    April 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    • Well done! You are officially approved to post your comments. This is a great way to keep up with all the goings on here, so I am thrilled to know you are following along.
      I always strive to keep my comments about your daughter and family, civil. I can’t say the same about Delilah, however.
      We look forward to reading many more of your reactions to the tales of our adventures!

      johnwhays

      April 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm


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