The chicks are getting crowded in their plastic home now. Pretty soon they will be fully feathered (around 8-10 weeks) and we can put them outside in the coop with the big hens. Until then we have moved them to our glassed in porch to get them used to cooler nights and the outside sounds. We even take them outside in the grass and let them run around from time to time. We gave them a worm, but they had no idea what to do with it. A fly, on the other hand was fiercely fought over. They all wanted the dead fly, gross I know.
In this photo, you can see the window screen we used as their top. You can also see how they eat out of your hand, which makes them much easier to round up when you have them outside for playtime. They are still peeping their sweet little sounds, but it seems to have gotten deeper, guess they are going through puberty.
If you have any questions about owning chickens, please don't hesitate to contact me. It's been an adventure I didn't expect to have, but one I wouldn't change. You can also visit http://www.youtube.com/user/BackyardPoultryVideo to watch Andy, the Chicken Whisperer, (a good friend of ours) show you how to raise and care for chickens. He's a great guy that lives up the road and he has a nationally broadcast radio show all about chickens. I also loved a recent article in USA Today about backyard poultry. Apparently having chickens is becoming a nationwide phenomenon. I still can't believe my husband is trendy - yeesh.