Two weeks ago we took delivery of a very special box. Why so special? Well it made peeping noises for a start! Carefully we drove home, the box held firmly on Huwyl’s lap, rushing our precious cargo to safety.
30 Barred Plymouth Rock baby chicks were swiftly installed in their cosy digs, a small animal cage with a heat lamp for extra warmth. Baby chicks need to be kept very cosy for the first weeks of their lives as they are meant to be snuggled under their mama! These day olds cuddled together under the warmth of a red lamp and quickly settled in.
We shared this special occasion with friends who swung by to spend time with us and our growing menagerie of animals! Is there anything sweeter than the happy face of a child holding a baby chick?
The children were all fascinated by the tiny balls of fluff and I was proud of how gentle they were. Despite their excitement they understood that the littles couldn’t be away from the heat lamp for long and that we didn’t want to stress them. These little balls of fluff will soon be full grown chickens, laying their eggs in the wood shavings and hay. Looking at them now, so little, it seems impossible that they will be full grown birds in just a few months.
I think I’ll enjoy the fluffy stage while I can.