The girls are growing up. They are starting to fly up to the lowest roost in the coop and just today, one or two of them jumped into the nest boxes to check them out... not yet, girls, you have about five more months before you need a nest box!
Since they've been very active during their play times in the coop, I decided to open the door that leads to the chicken run.
Talk about being chicken! I know where the term comes from now *laugh*! They would stand right at the edge of the porch for the longest time. Eventually, one would get brave and step across the imaginary line!
They're waiting to see if that brave girl survives! I love the one 'peeking' around the wall!
|"What's out here? Is it safe?"|
Checking out a leaf.
I have a feeling the chick below may be a rooster. It's the only one whose coloring is different (besides Miss Shirley, the rare, exotic chick the hatchery sent us) and it's a tad larger than the others. Time will tell!
Look at those thick legs compared to the other girl.... hmmm!
Exploring new territory is exhausting...
Several of them have walked right off the end of the porch because they were looking at me! They're always shocked and they stand perfectly still like a statue for a few seconds until they realize they're still alive.
The dry, crunchy leaves probably feel quite strange to them. After a bit, they'll hop back onto the porch.
After exploring and playing on the porch for awhile, it's time to go back inside for a nap! Eat, sleep, poop, and play all day long!
I'm hoping one day they'll get brave enough to go beyond the porch! Then again, they are chickens! "We must be cautious!" they say. I say, "what a bunch of chickens!"
I've enjoyed watching them become big girls these past 3 1/2 weeks and am looking forward to watching them become bigger girls over the next several months! They're so entertaining!
Till next time,