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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Chick bulletin + 14 days

Four degrees at 8am. Sunny with an elegant mist over the lake. Clear skies.

Two weeks on and all five of our little buggers are doing very nicely. They're still in the attic, under a warm infra-red light in a box with sawdust in the bottom. Don't know why, but somehow everything within a radius of about two feet is now covered with a fine yellow dust. Whether this comes from the sawdust, the feed or the chicks themselves is uncertain. What I do know is it makes me nostalgic for the builder-days (not).

Here's Alpha - the first of the chicks to hatch and by far the most advanced. He acts like a boy, so lets call him he, although his gender will be unclear until he's a few months old when, if he's a boy he'll start to get all rambunctious, pick scraps with his father and try to roger his aunts. Remind you of someone you know? Call the Samaritans, there must be a teenager in your life.

Alpha's comb has started to appear, and his wing feathers have started to grow, which means he can flutter short distances. I keep hearing 'pling-pling' as one or other of them have a little hop and bang their heads on the lamp. I'm just waiting to come in one night and find them nestling in my bed, having escaped their box. In the absence of my husband and children, I'd prefer the cat, but they're all banned from the house - while they seem singularly uninterested in the mice, these lovely fluttery yellow things would make excellent playmates.

Something that hasn't changed though. If I take Alpha out of the box and put him in the middle of the attic floor, he still comes over all agoraphobic, being rooted to the spot the entire two minutes of this photo-shoot.

3 comments:

Gypsy at Heart said...

Louise, hola from Houston. Oh, he is so adorable. Your post made me remember what it was to go out to the countryside in my country and see things grow and animals hatch and all the other farm related happenings that city people never see anymore. Like my son for example. I wish he could see your little chick in person. He'd go crazy with excitement. I'm going to have to do something about this. How many days now til every one comes home?

Louise said...

Thank-you for this. I wish your little boy could see them too. We invite all the children we can when we have chicks (we've done it three times now), and their response when you put one in a little hand is priceless. Interestingly, the question they often ask is : "Where is the Mama?". And I still haven't found an answer that seems to satisfy them.

My own brood comes home tomorrow...L

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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Chick bulletin + 14 days

Four degrees at 8am. Sunny with an elegant mist over the lake. Clear skies.

Two weeks on and all five of our little buggers are doing very nicely. They're still in the attic, under a warm infra-red light in a box with sawdust in the bottom. Don't know why, but somehow everything within a radius of about two feet is now covered with a fine yellow dust. Whether this comes from the sawdust, the feed or the chicks themselves is uncertain. What I do know is it makes me nostalgic for the builder-days (not).

Here's Alpha - the first of the chicks to hatch and by far the most advanced. He acts like a boy, so lets call him he, although his gender will be unclear until he's a few months old when, if he's a boy he'll start to get all rambunctious, pick scraps with his father and try to roger his aunts. Remind you of someone you know? Call the Samaritans, there must be a teenager in your life.

Alpha's comb has started to appear, and his wing feathers have started to grow, which means he can flutter short distances. I keep hearing 'pling-pling' as one or other of them have a little hop and bang their heads on the lamp. I'm just waiting to come in one night and find them nestling in my bed, having escaped their box. In the absence of my husband and children, I'd prefer the cat, but they're all banned from the house - while they seem singularly uninterested in the mice, these lovely fluttery yellow things would make excellent playmates.

Something that hasn't changed though. If I take Alpha out of the box and put him in the middle of the attic floor, he still comes over all agoraphobic, being rooted to the spot the entire two minutes of this photo-shoot.

3 comments:

Gypsy at Heart said...

Louise, hola from Houston. Oh, he is so adorable. Your post made me remember what it was to go out to the countryside in my country and see things grow and animals hatch and all the other farm related happenings that city people never see anymore. Like my son for example. I wish he could see your little chick in person. He'd go crazy with excitement. I'm going to have to do something about this. How many days now til every one comes home?

Louise said...

Thank-you for this. I wish your little boy could see them too. We invite all the children we can when we have chicks (we've done it three times now), and their response when you put one in a little hand is priceless. Interestingly, the question they often ask is : "Where is the Mama?". And I still haven't found an answer that seems to satisfy them.

My own brood comes home tomorrow...L

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