We got six new chicks today! Three of them (the yellow ones) are Rhode Island Reds; the darker ones are called Silver Laced Wyandottes.
It was a semi-spontaneous decision…my daughter and I saw the chicks on Monday and she’s been begging me to go back and get them ever since.
I wasn’t sure I wanted the responsibility of these babies, but she talked me into it. They sure are cute.
They’re currently living in a big plastic bin with a cover made of wire for ventilation, and there’s a heat lamp keeping them warm. The bin is in a room in the basement closed off from our cats and dogs; the chicks will stay there until they are feathered out and big enough to go into the coop with our other hens. When it’s time, they’ll need to be introduced at night- this is supposed to minimize any issues in terms of acquainting the older hens with the new ones.
I’ll be away for the weekend at BlogHer Food (if you’re going, please make sure to come say “hi”), so my husband and kids will be in charge of the chicks. I’ve given them very clear instructions about how to care for them, so I’m sure they’ll do an excellent job :)