Our chicks are one month old today and still living in their cozy brooder in the garage. They' still too young to go outside to their intermediate chick house before joining the big girls in the hen house and poultry yard. Especially with the cool weather and lots of rain we've been having.
They've reached the adolescent age and are starting to look a little gawky.
No more little fuzz balls as feathers are now popping out all over.
I keep thinking the Light Sussex are dirty but it's just their black-tipped feathers becoming more prominent. I really like the way the Black Australorps are colored. But then I've always been partial to dark colored chickens. I'm thinking having the contrast between the dark and light colored birds running around the yard will be very attractive.
We're currently feeding them a mixture made up of one-half of our organic laying mash and one-half of the chick starter we grind from five different grains. A little bit of kelp is added to this mixture. A dish of this grain mixture is soaked overnight in fermented milk and whey which they get in a feeder separate from the dry grain mix. Another dish contains some rich dirt from our garden with chick-sized grit sprinkled on top. They also get a dish of grass, clover and dandelion leaves once a day. All they'd need would be a little chick-sized Rhubarb Pie for dessert and they couldn't ask for anything more.
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