The warmer breezes of spring are finally here and the chicks have outgrown their inside brooder. They are all feathered and ready for the next step, the outside chicken tractor or rather “nursery”.
Yesterday was their first day outside, and they were a bit freaked out. All new senses for them to take in. There was a breeze ruffling their feathers, a loud daddy rooster crowing at them in the next tractor, the neighbours dog barking, grass under their feet, big humans marvelling down on them and then very loud small humans running and yelling around them.
As soon as we put them outside we could see them in the natural light and we are so pleased with how beautiful they are. It is bittersweet to put fresh eyes on Ragnar’s offspring, they are gorgeous, just as I thought they would be. They are a beautiful steel blue, every single one of them. We are hoping that we will welcome some more of his babies in the next week, when the eggs in the incubator hatch. (I am going to try and secure a Splash Maran rooster from our breeder in New Brunswick this summer, so that we can again offer beautiful OEEs next season, fingers crossed!)
The chicks will continue to fill out in their seaside nursery over the next 10 weeks. I personally handle them twice a day, moving them from their nighttime space in the coop to the tractor, and vice versa. My family and I will pay them some visits throughout the day as well.
Today is cold and wet, so they have had to stay in their pen in the coop, and that is scary stuff too. There is a very angry daddy rooster next door who also, and reluctantly has to stay in the coop and he’s letting everyone know about it. Then a very angry Uncle rooster who is upset that another rooster is under his roof, and then the loud chatter of clucking hens as well. I imagine they will sleep very well tonight for sure!
Below are the new pictures of the Olive Easter Eggers, and then the Ameraucanas (4Weeks of age).
These pictures pretty much sum up their personalities so far. The OEEs seem to be a bit more busy, they have been since day one. I had the OEEs in one brooder and the Ameraucanas in another brooder immediately after hatch. The OEEs were constantly up and active and occasionally having “words” with each other over goodness knows what, (over who is the boss I imagine). The Ameraucanas on the other hand were always just chillin: eat, relax then sleep, repeat.
We are excited to watch them continue to fill out and can’t wait to see the beautiful birds they will become, especially Ragnar’s babies, I’m so sad we lost him 😦