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Outdoor chick area

04 Aug

..when it is occasionally warm here we want to put the chicks outside to give the offgrid battery bank a break and a chance to recharge. We had been using an old bookshelf to take the chicks outside but when clearing out the shed we noted that the old sink area from the camp would convert easily to a small enclosure and we had enough spare fencing to fully enclose it. Today we attached the wire to the old sink/counter and then attached some smaller fenceing temporarily with zip ties until the chicks get bigger. They really seemed to enjoy the extra space. So far we have named 2 of the chicks: gonzo and hoppy mcgee. They get capitolization of their names on their first birthday.

I don’t know why it bolded ‘and a c’ from above.

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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Animals, Construction, Fowl

 

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8 responses to “Outdoor chick area

  1. Ron

    August 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    It’s fun to see chicks on grass… they are so enthusiastic about it.

    gonzo… haha

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

      ..yeah I know..they are totally funky on grass..all they ever do out there is play the bongos, make tie-dye tshirts and eat cheeseburgers. groan.

       
  2. Robin

    August 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Cute. They all look nice and healthy and 100 percent boys.

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Don’t start! We know that they are girls..A* hung a ring over each one and they all turned clockwise. Hehe

       
  3. a*

    August 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Say it isn’t so about chicks being boys. I can really only be sure about one rooster as comb is developing along with colorization. I have convinced myself that others’ tail feathers grew quicker and therefore are egg layers in the making.

     
    • eagergridlessbeaver

      August 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

      The ability to lie to yourself is a very important trait when it comes to picking out roosters.

       
      • Robin

        August 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

        HAHAHA! Say, I’ve got way to many boys over here. Maybe I can sneak some into your place and you won’t notice. Not that the incessant crowing wouldn’t give them away…

         
      • eagergridlessbeaver

        August 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

        Our over rooster population took a toll on the hen heads and backs..they were mounted so often the roosters would pull extra at them to the point of being featherless..one is fully recovered but one is still missing most of the feathers on her back. Looks like Bandits car from Smoky and the Bandit from the top down..so we called her T-Bar. Vague reference, sorry. The guy we got the chicks from said to butcher the roosters at 4 pounds to maximize food to meat value…I think it was him who said it.

         

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