As chicks they didn't go through feed too quickly, but now we have to fill their container a few times a day. We bought a 40 pound bag of chick feed for about $15 and are only halfway through that, so that's not too bad so far. We're definitely getting a bigger feeder when we build the coop and are probably getting a bigger one for their expanded space that M is constructing as we speak.
The chicks have pretty much outgrown the crate we were keeping them in, a crate that used to be for Grover. Since it's still too cold out and we're not ready to build the big chicken coop in the backyard, we're basically giving the chickens run of the mudroom, which has yet to be renovated.
M is making a structure of boards, that he pulled from the demolition in the basement and we're going to run chicken wire around them as a bigger pen for the chicks until we're ready to move them outside. We'll lay plastic and/or cardboard to protect the floor, but we're ripping out that carpet soon anyway. At least, I think that's the plan.
Here's a look at their growth over the last month. I doubt these are the same chicken in each one, since I can't really tell them apart.
+ Chickens are dusty. Oh so dusty. When we had them in the bathroom, we had to dust every other day or the place would just be covered in dust.
+ These chicks are skittish, but they don't mind when you scratch their chest. If you pick them up to pull off a piece of paper that's stuck to their feet, or to move them while you clean the crate, they squawk like crazy. Though I have noticed that they're calmer now that they're bigger.
+ Grover might want to eat the chickens. He goes between extreme interest and possible attempts to eat one and being terrified of them and just crying because he can't see them. Grover is absolutely obsessed with the chickens. Hopefully, they learn to peacefully co-exist. Moxie seems pretty indifferent now that she's realized the chicks are sticking around.
+ Chickens are messy. So flippin messy. We've been cleaning out their crate pretty regularly and giving them fresh water a few times a day. Nothing is sacred, they poop on everything. (I know you really wanted to know that, but it's true!)
+ They have huge feet. Huge!
+ It's pretty cute when they huddle together to sleep. And I still love the way their heads just flop when they fall asleep.
+ Chicks look like aliens, I think, when you take a video of them under the heat lamp. It cracks me up every time. For more chick cam, head over here. I might be out of control with the chicken videos.
Sponsor Spotlight | Christina of Route Bliss
Outdoor activities she most enjoys are running and exploring, especially with a camera in-hand. If she had a garden, it would probably include heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers and butternut squash. Sounds like a tasty veggie selection to me!
Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Bloglovin