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#1 Purple Power

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:25 PM

A few days ago, Nut Nibbler noticed some birds at the feeder

 

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She was meowing and jumping at them for a bit. One bird watched her.

 

 

 

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Today, I got some new chicks. One of each: Red sex Link, Rhode Island Red, and a Plymouth Rock.

 

 

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Next week, I'll be getting some more

 

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These cute little fluffy balls are about the size of an egg. Enjoy how cute they are, they'll go through a ugly duckling phase.

 

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It didn't take long for Nut Nibbler to hear the chicks chirping and come out

 

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I'm sure she's plotting, she watched them for 2 1/2 hours straight until she went for a nap

 

 

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Her eyes kinda look glazed over,.... or is that the frustration building up?

 

 

 

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Moose came out and looked where all the chirping was coming from then went back to bed. A few years ago, he ran scared (fluffed and run low to the ground) from a baby chick roughly the same size as these. I still don't know if I should feel bad for him,.... really a 20lb cat running for a chick the size of an egg,.... or just laugh at him.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 03:40 PM

Those are such cute little Chicken-Boc's


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:12 PM

Hooray for baby chicks.  They grow so fast!


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Posted 09 February 2017 - 10:19 PM

They've been eating, drinking, figuring out their pecking order, and napping,.... lots of napping

 

The Plymouth Rock is just stretched out napping

 

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I've already taught them when they see my hand that means food, so they come and see what food I brought, normally chick food.

 

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Look at the wing of the red chick on my hand, you can can see the feathers starting to grow

 

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One of them already stole a moth from Nibbler. Nibbler injured the moths wing, it was able to get away from my cat. but as bad luck would have it, the moth landed in the chicks bin and lasted maybe 1 second.

 

 

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:20 PM

I say you call this one "Noodle" short for chicken noodle. lol :D

 

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:27 PM

Will Sweet and Sour are in the backyard


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 08:38 PM

Will Sweet and Sour are in the backyard

:LMAO:  Perfect names.


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:49 PM

wing feathers!


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 09:05 PM

The Rhode Island red is starting to get tail feathers. The other 2 and getting the wing feathers.

 

 

When they are in the perfect spot the cast a shadow that Nibbler can see,. Poor Nibbler has either hit the tub with her paws/claws or nose. The chicks don't seem to notice.  She gets so excited watching them. it could be worse, the 1st year Nibbler saw chicks in this tub, she ran full speed into the tub (Nibbler was under 6 months old at the time). Moose is unfazed by them. Other then the first day they got here, he smelled the tub and looked at the chicks for maybe 30 seconds. other then that he's ignored them. 


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Posted 12 February 2017 - 07:41 PM

I love birds. If it were me i would have a spray bottle on hand and anytime my cat went near the chicks, I'd spray em with the sprayer. Then after a few times of that, a few sounds with my mouth "pssst" would make my cat think water was coming next. :D That's just me though. I know your cats are fine with adult chickens. I just worry about "Nibbler's" predator instincts,

 

Am I over reacting? My cat would kill a small bird.  :D

 

How are the babies?

 

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 08:51 PM

True, Nut Nibbler's predator instincts are still strong. She just watches them, or their shadows. She doesn't try to paw that them through the wire. The chicken wire isn't to keep her out, its for keeping the chicks in. They will jump on the food/water bottles, and be able to jump/fly out once they are big enough.

 

 

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The chicks are fine. They are taking a nap right now. They don't seem to notice or care about the cats.

 

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:28 PM

I got 2 more chicks today, Welsummer and a Wyandotte. They are about the size of an egg and about the sized the other 3 were when I got them. I knew they were growing, but wow didn't think or relies how much they grew in a week.

 

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I cleaned their water once everyone was settled.

 

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Natually Nut Nibbler had to come out since the chicks were noisier then normal. She stared at their shadows for a few minutes then took her frustrations out on a scratching post ( luckily my cats have 2 and a cat tree) and has been running through the house (being a thorn in Moose's side)

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:57 PM

muahahahah!

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:19 PM

Moose and Nut Nibbler waiting for their dinner

 

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A few pics of the chicks

 

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She has made it to the top of the feeder

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:09 PM

They sure are cute,


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 02:13 PM

Do they all stay in the same container? Or do you have two setups going now?



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Posted 18 February 2017 - 05:55 PM

Just one tub. Sometimes the are spread out other times they a cuddled up together

 

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 07:24 PM

This is really cool watching them grow up!  I remember going to the feed store when I was a kid (have no idea why..we just had domesticated pets)

Got a chick for Easter once, and this neighborhood boy killed it...so cruel...bet he turned out to be a piece of work...so young and mean.

 

Thanks for sharing their progress!


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 03:43 PM

Today, the chicks where given a few maple bugs. They chased each other around for a bit. Since they're babies, I call this pee-wee football. The 2 smallest I remove while the other 3 chased and rammed each other...... never mind there where enough bugs for all

 

 

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They finally got up on their own

 

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 04:14 PM

It's amazing how fast they change.  This may be a dumb question, but can chickens fly?


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