The barred rock chicks have passed the three-week mark. I write these posts on the far side of each week (which is to say, we are living and writing in the fourth week, having survived the third…).
Week three of chicks, in brief: more growth, more noise, more feathers. The chicks still have fuzz on their heads, and underneath their wings, but are otherwise feathered. They are easily five or six times the size of a day-old chick.
Week three was on the onset of an amazing amount of dust. A plethora of dust, a profusion of grit, a thin layer on every horizontal surface within 40 feet of the brooder. Like nothing I had ever seen before. Out came the duster, and then an hour or two later… it would reappear. Chicken dust. From the wood shavings, from the fuzz or growing feathers, I don’t know. I write in the past tense: due to dinner guests, the chicks moved today to a brooder setup in our basement with supplemental heat; it is still too cold to move them out to our unheated coop (our coop has no electric access for their heater, and they haven’t grown enough feathers to survive without heat).
We have been reading dinosaur books for bed-time stories, and I can make out some resemblances in some pictures of these chicks to… certain dinosaurs, particularly T-Rex. I thought I remembered reading somewhere about birds being the closest living animal to dinosaurs, and Google helpfully led me to several articles that about chickens possibly being T-Rex’s closest living relative.
Onto the candy eggs, or in this case plastic eggs filled with candy:
See the snow in the background? It’s still hanging around in April. It’s not even truly mud season yet, because we have only had about four days since January where the weather was above 40F, so the mud is still… frozen. All the same, the Easter bunny left enough eggs outside to fill a basket. At the base of trees, right in the boughs of baby balsam fir trees, on top of shed steps… we managed to collect them all and then, with cheeks and noses red from the cold, go inside to eat some chocolate.