We got these little chicks on March 31st, roughly a month ago. At that time they were pretty small. When I look at them today, it is amazing how much they have grown, especially the meat birds. They have quadrupled in size, easily! Thankfully, their feathers are finally growing in, so the bald patches they have had since the beginning are filling in. They still are kind of shaggy looking, but they are slowly looking more like real chickens!
In only one month, they have gone from:
The meat chickens got so big, that we had to move them to the coop in the barn last weekend. I have to admit that since moving them, we have come to the realization that they are dumb as stumps. When we put them in the coop, we had a ramp going down under the coop into a screened area with a dirt floor. We showed them how to go down the ramp and to go back up. We showed them where their food and water were. We thought they were set. Wrong!
Considering how smart are laying hens and roo are, we are rather surprised that these meat chickens are such bird-brains!
Our two laying hen chicks were much smaller when we got them than the meat birds were. They have also grown, but not as much. Unfortunately, they have lost their baby chick cuteness and have progressed into the ragged look of birds that are growing feathers so they look a bit rough right now.
We seem to be overrun, these days, with baby animals. Our kitten is growing like a weed and is so feisty he just wears us out. I don't think there is anything as devilish as an growing kitten. Nothing is sacred to that little orange ball of fire. He really drives us crazy! Such is the way of a kitten. That is why they are so adorable, so you don't kill them! (just kidding) Here is a picture of the little scamp.
Have a great rest of the week! I will be using mine to plant my starter seeds, it is finally getting warmer here so hopefully the seedlings will be able to be planted outside in a few weeks when they are big enough.