Grackle & Sun

They grow up so fast.

Chicken update!

The chicks moved into their side of the big chicken house & coop several weeks ago, and they love it. They spend their days outside scratching and pecking and taking dust baths, and then like good little chickens, they go inside at night to sleep. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown over such a short time.  They are pretty fully feathered out and look like miniature hens. This week, the skin around their eyes and beaks has started to redden, and I imagine any time their combs will, too.  They are all, save one, very tame and happy to be hand-fed treats—although now that they’re getting bigger, it’s not so cute to get pecked too enthusiastically with those beaks. I wonder sometimes if I’m raising crows–these chicks love to peck at anything shiny–my wedding ring, the buttons on my pants, my shiny rubber boots.

We’ve only had one bit of chickie unhappiness this whole time. Several weeks ago, one of the Buff Orpies had an eye infection. One eye got all swollen and unhappy, but she showed no other symptoms. I treated her with a product called Vet Rx, which is a base with several essential oils in it, including the powerful antibiotic oregano oil. After a week, the infection seemed to come to a head, like a solid ball, under the nictitating membrane. And then, the next morning, it was gone. She scratched at it frequently, and I think it must have popped out. Her eyelid was a little wrinkly, but other than that, nothing. Within a few days, it was completely healed. Now I can’t tell which one she was. I’d name the Orpies, but they all look the same. I’m hoping that once their combs start filling out, they’ll be easier to tell apart.

 

One of the Delawares, Rouser, is a wild, wild thing and wants nothing to do with me. She is not like the other ladies who come running and clucking when I call them. “Hey, Chickabooms!” That’s how I call them. Nope. She runs as far from me as she can. Here she is giving me the crazy-eye. She’s always giving me the crazy-eye. It’s the only kind of eye she’s got.

Her “sister”, Rabble, is just obnoxious and rowdy. She doesn’t like me either, but she likes the treats, so she gives me the eye while she eats from my hand. Lol.

She’s fast, and the others have to work hard to get any treats before she hogs them all. They like all kinds of food. Favorites are dandelion greens, tomatoes, lemon balm, and grapes. Especially grapes.

Rabble is all business when it comes to grapes. She is not messing around. She demands ALL THE GRAPES.

Life with chickens. I like it.

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9 thoughts on “They grow up so fast.

  1. They’re looking lovely, and great shot of getting the chicken eye!

  2. I am dating myself here but back in my “day”, it was a tradition to give dyed chicks and ducklings as Easter gifts and I had quite a few in my time. I loved them all dearly but my Italian grandma loved them even more. They always ended up on the dinner table much to my dismay. I still can’t eat chicken!

  3. Your chooks eat lemon balm?? They look awesome. It’s great you had success with treating the one who fell ill. One of my serious chook raising friends always says they lead short but exciting lives… I have had successes treating chicken illness, but sometimes it doesn’t take a lot to carry one off. I wonder if the one with crazy eye is the smartest one of the flock or just the stroppiest…?

  4. Wow they do grow up fast! So big! and fun!

  5. Vash’s face lit up when I called him over to see the post. The smile on his face just kept growing as we read it together. He laughed about the “crazy eye” and walked away in a rather bouyant mood. Keep those chicken posts coming!! Inquiring chicken whisperers want to know. :)

  6. Very nice piece (!), and please keeping thinking “real hard about things.” Best, Wm. Eaton, Montaigbakhtinian.com

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