After seeing how dirty the chicks could get their pen we decided to see how they would react in a makeshift pen outside. We set out some chicken wire and covered it with mesh, added water dispensers and food trays, then introduced the chicks. They loved it! It was funny to watch them try to fly, and once they discovered they could get off the ground they took turns launching themselves at one another. Can you spot the Rhode Island Red who replaced the one chick we lost?
The Guineas are smaller than the others so I was a bit leery about putting them in the pen but the Commander talked me into it. The Guineas actions seemed to prove me right as they huddled in a circle and made loud peeping distress calls. The calls actually attracted some crows who decided to circle menacingly overhead. Canyou spot the white Guinea replacement?
The only Guinea who didn’t huddle in the circle was this brave Lavender. When the ducklings took over the water hole and drove the chicks off the little Lavender charged in and drove the bigger ducklings away – so funny to see.
It took Chip crashing into/over the fence to get the Guineas out of their circle. Once they discovered that the chicks were friendly they too had a ball. The Guineas actually seem to be further ahead in the flying game than the chicks.
At the end of the day we had to round everyone up and put them back in the garage. A later inspection showed all the fowl resting in an exhausted manner – a very happy day!
Happy Fathers Day everyone, hope your day was as wonderful as ours!