Archive for May, 2016

I am feeding the 5 week old chicks bread twice a day and they are learning to take this treat (which they seem to love) from my hands while I say “Here Chick, Chick”. I will use that phrase to call them when they are free ranging and they will run to me as our last flock did 🙂 The ISA Browns were the quickest to learn to take a bite from bread I held in my hands and the Easter Eggers were the shyest. We have worked on this for three days now and the Easter Eggers are still very timid. The ISA Browns rush in first to get repeated bites with the White Leghorns joining in a bit slower.


Chickens are very quick to identify actions resulting in food, their biggest motivator! Their pen is near our home and when they hear our door open they rush to get close to us to receive treats. The ISA Browns, Easter Eggers and White Leghorns seem equally quick in their rush to the pen door when someone approaches. The White Wyandottes are the largest hens and do not join the crowd rushing to exit the pen to free range but they will eventually make their way out of the pen to scratch in the grass and Fall leaves.

We loved checking the Dixie Chick Nest Cam that son Davy installed while we were away! We just arrived home from a George L Smith State Park anniversary camping trip and have turned off the coop heat lamp because of the chicks’ age and the warm middle Georgia temperatures. Now everything in the coop is not bathed in red light! Daughter Sandy and granddaughter Cheyenne were wonderful chick sitters during our absence 🙂

happy sisterFeeling excited as we anticipate son’s placement of new Chicken Nest Cam in the Coop!

Update 12/2016
We are very happy with our three Nest cameras. They provide the perfect window into the hens’ world.


chickcoop2 It took them a day to acclimate to the outdoor coop but it offers them sooo much more room!

Update 12/2016 The hens seem to enjoy their two coops and pen. They choose to sleep in one coop and lay eggs in the other. The long covered run between the two coops provides dry dirt for dust bathing even on rainy days.


They have learned to like the taste of bread, grass clumps and watermelon!

chickindoorcoopGosh they are growing fast! This indoor coop gives them the room they need and Prince learns to accept them as part of the family.

Update: 12/2016 The chicks were moved to the outdoor pen as soon as their age and the weather permitted. Our West Highland Terrier, Prince, never bothers the hens but often joins them as they graze in the grass.