OH, the transformation from little chick to adult hen pecking around out on a farmyard! I have seen both of those stages prior to our purchasing these little chicks.
I mean, who HASN'T seen the pictures around Easter of the soft fuzzy little duckling? So cute and soft... And, of course, the mama hen clucking and scratching in the yard. We've all seen them both even in a child's picture story book.
But, this funny in between, loosing the fluff and growing in the feathers stage is a whole new ball game for me (and the treekids, too!) I just had no idea how the process went!
It is funny, too, that the ducklings are growing so much faster than the chicks. Which leads to those bigger ducks making a lot bigger mess! Oh, the wet mess they make in all those pine shavings!
Here, this one with 2/3 fuzz, 1/3 feathers and the little tail feathers emerging!! Oh, how they love to roost, now!
The need to hop/fly up to sit on the edge is stronger and there are several who get up on the edge of the feeder (and do the fine honor of pooping in the feed - nice).
There a few others who move from the feeder to the edge of the box, now. But, since I took these pictures, only a few days ago, they are bigger yet and have so many more feathers!!
Fowl are turning out to be fairly easy to care for, although there is a bit of caution needed... young children might use those beautiful duck beaks as handles with which to pick up said duckling!
In order to protect the ducklings and chicks, I put a piece of window screen over the box, yesterday.
This should help keep the small hands away from the little birdies and preserve their lives! It will also keep the birds IN the box with the water, food and heat - again, preserving their lives!
We are all looking forward to their move to the chicken coop in the great outdoors! I am hoping that it will be VERY soon! :)