Cramped

The chicks are really loud and rambunctious. The Barred Rock chicks are clearly top of the pecking order and bully the Sussex chicks. I was hoping to hold on to all 5 chicks until they were 6 weeks old but it is becoming clear I will need a new home for the spares with in the next week or so.

Poop Management

Between keeping the chicks brooder somewhat clean, mucking out the chicken run once a week and the cat box my life has become super focused on animal waste management. Two adult chickens pooping adult size chicken poops is just about as much poop as I want to deal with. I don’t know if I really want to deal with 5 adult chickens pooping adult size poop. Perhaps we should only keep 2 of the Sussex chicks. A trio of chicks will be easier to re-home than just two. Something to think about.

Not so cute

The chicks a little over 3 weeks old now. They look a lot like dinosaurs. Not at all cute and more than a little creepy.

Additional Additions

Two more chicks found their way in to our brooder today. The new Barred Rock chicks are our insurance policy for getting a flock of five hens. We are concerned that one or more of the three original chicks could ‘fail to thrive’ or turn out to be a rooster. So the new chicks are here just in case.
Once we move the chicks out to the hen house we will re-home any extra chicks. Portland is so chicken crazy that we shouldn’t have any trouble finding homes for them.