Keeping an eye on things!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ahh chickens...

   Well,.. just as I had promised I posted the first four pictures of the chicks along with the date the picture was taken. You will also see some other interesting pictures. This especially includes the picture of the poop. This morning, as I was holding Jeeby, she pooped on my arm leading my mother to take a picture of it. It was actually much worse than was shown in the picture, because the majority of it fell on to the floor. Gross! But I suppose this is the consequence for trying to raise chicks. It has been so much fun raising these little ones, however, it has still been quite a hassle. Between constant chirping, pooping, and "feed me now!", I have had two huge responsibilities on my hands. 
    Pelo was around one month old when we bought her so she is now old enough to be placed outside during the day and night. During the night, Pelo is actually placed in the chicken house with Psyche in order to be kept away from dangerous weather and animals. The babies are almost fully feathered meaning they too are getting ready to be on their own, with Psyche as a companion. We have read that if you are introducing new chicks to the rest of your flock of chickens, that you must wait until the chicks are fully feathered. When introducing them, it said to wait until the older chickens are asleep on their perch, then you simply place the new chickens in the roost beside them. That way, when the chickens wake up they will accept the new chickens. We will be trying this soon, and I am crossing my fingers hoping that it will work and Psyche will accept the new babies.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Blog day number 2!!!

Howdy everyone!!! This is my second day blogging and I am extremely excited for the days to come. 

These chicks, chickens, and ducks are all a 4-H project, so I am going to show my oldest chicken Psyche, and my sister will show Puddle in our county fair coming up. As for the chicks... they are still too young to be shown in the fair, but I can still do a project on them. I am going to be making a poster exhibiting the babies' growth each week. I take pictures of them every Friday, and as you know... today is Friday! So I will be taking their weekly picture today. I will also be sure to post these pictures at the bottom of the page so that all of you can enjoy keeping up with and observing how much they both grow each week.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Welcome to my blog!

Hello and welcome to my blog! Over the next few months I hope to share my experiences of raising and caring for chickens and ducks in my back yard with you. Let's start out by introducing you to my birds. The oldest is Psyche, pronounced sigh-key. She is a one year old Americauna named after the Greek woman who believed herself to be more beautiful than Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty. (You can thank my brother for naming her). Next in line is Puddle, a Cayuga duck.  He is one month younger than Psyche and actually belongs to my sister. Then there is the unlikely trio consisting of; Pelo, a one month old Crested Runner duck, Heeby, a 2 1/2 week old Production Red chick, and Jeeby, a 2 1/2 week old Buff Orpington chickSince they have been housed together for the last two weeks, these three are inseparable. We have yet to find out if Psyche will accept the babies.