This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Yesterday was my chicks' four week birthday so I weighed them.  They have all put on at least SIX times their weight at hatching.  They are almost feathered up now too - just a few wisps of down around the head and neck.  If they have put on that much weight and have grown feathers, then you can imagine what sort of quantities of food they are eating.  They can fly well too and we really need a wire "lid" to their big box (well, two boxes joined together) that they live in.

They are soooo cute.


  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger Jane said…

    You can put a limit to their aerial antics by cutting their flight feathers once properly grown - you'll need strong sharp scissors and a careful eye to make sure you cut beyond the 'vein' which runs partway along each feather.

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Jo said…

    I've never done that to any of ours before but I know that others do. When they are full grown, they are so much heavier that ours have never flown more than a few feet so there hasn't really been a problem. I'm really fascinated watching these chicks grow and develop and learn.

  • At 2:48 PM, Blogger freerangegirl said…

    Im loving reading about your adventures in small holding. We've been raising chickens for the past three years and find that we have to clip wings otherwise our chooks are straight over the hedge!


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