Chick-a-licious

Our clutch is now 8 days old and it is amazing how quickly these little gaffers grow! Already there are a few who no longer look like chicks and we definitely have one bold rooster – perhaps two.

Look at that cute little tail!  His tail (I'm convinced it's a HE) is the only tail so far in the brood.

Look at that cute little tail! His tail (I’m convinced it’s a HE) is the only tail so far in the brood.

When they sleep, they all pile on top of each other and truly snuggle. They often lay across each other and chirp contentedly as they drift off. Their sleep cycle is about 6 minutes before they jump up, run around, eat drink, poop and then sleep again.

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Not a beak in sight! When they are awake, they endlessly peck at each other, but all seems to be forgotten when they get drowsy.

As I said earlier, there is one that is showing all the signs of being a rooster. Firstly, his posture changed yesterday and his stance is now completely different from the others – with his chest pushed forward and his long neck stretched out.  He is far more curious about noises and our presence, when the others all shy away and hide. He is slightly darker in colour than the rest of the Chanteclers, making it easy to pick him out of the crowd.

Yesterday he became a cockerel in a matter of hours.  With his puffed out chest and his long-legged stance, he already stands guard of his flock!

Yesterday he became a cockerel in a matter of hours. With his puffed out chest and his long-legged stance, he already stands guard of his flock!

Some of them love to sleep and get comfortably stretched out when they feel a snooze coming on. But others resist the snooze and try to stay upright, standing or feeding, until they simply fall on their faces.

Resisting sleep as long as possible seems to be fairly common. We always get a chuckle when they fall asleep standing up, leaning on their beaks or tip over.

Resisting sleep as long as possible seems to be fairly common. We always get a chuckle when they fall asleep standing up, leaning on their beaks or tipping over.

I can almost hear you thinking, “Oh no. All she is ever going to write about is these darn chickens”.  But don’t worry. The novelty will soon wear off – I think.

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    Love the chick post! Gorgeous photos. They are so addictive to watch and little personalities start to come through. Mine are 14 weeks old now and still love watching them.

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      Along A Path said,

      Thanks for stopping by, sleepinghorse. I had no idea that having chooks would be this much fun. I’m looking forward to spending an afternoon or two reading your blog. It looks like you’re one page ahead of us! Now I know who to turn to when I have questions!


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