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Written by Carole

Isn’t it amazing how fast a little bird/chick/biddy can grow? In an earlier post I wrote about a wren family and had pictures that were just days apart and it was very evident how quickly they grew.

I haven’t shared any pictures of my baby chicks lately so today I will update you on their growth process. These little chicks were born on Mother’s Day, May 11th.

mother hen and baby chicksTwo baby chicks

I was only able to hold two of the three little biddies while taking the picture with the other hand. As you can see in the picture with the mother they have grown wing feathers. What you can’t see is they are also developing their tail feathers. One of the two in my hand is not growing it’s tail feathers as quickly and I believe it is because it is an Aracauna. Here’s a little info I found on centralpets.com: “Araucana Chickens are known as “rumpless” birds. This means that they lack tail feathers, and, indeed, lack the entire coccyx bone that would normally result in a tail. They can also be distinguished by ear tufts, sometimes called ear whiskers.”

My Aracauna hen does have tail feathers but she is shaped differently than the other hens and also didn’t develop the feathers until she was mature, being around 2 years old. I don’t know if that is normal or not but that is what happened at my house.

Here’s the other little biddy that was born on the 12th.

Baby ChickMean mother hen

As you can see the biddy has a new cage. I made this cage out of some materials that were meant to be shelves. This little biddy has wing feathers and tail feathers too. She is only a day behind but I can tell no difference in size. Some people have emailed me and said this was an Easter Egg biddy, which is the same as an Aracauna, but she is not. She came from the Silver-laced Wyandotte egg so I am assuming she will grow into the same markings as Lacy.

In the other picture you see the brooding hen, Henny Penny, is anxiously or angrily waiting for me to put the biddie down. That hen is mean! When I open the cage to feed or change out water, she will peck and come at me trying to claw me. Right before I took this picture she tried to flog my leg! She has always been vicious when she has young. I guess I’m pretty protective of my boys too. Even now they are both in their twenties!

Now that I have my entry for the day it is time for me to go out and get my daily pecking from the hen…believe it or not, it won’t be long until she will get back to her normal docile self and the chicks will be on their own.

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4 Responses to “Growing, Growing, The Baby Chicks are Growing”

  1. cinnamonpeel@sbcglobal.net
    August 1st, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Do you have to remove the rooster from the area?

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    Carole Reply:

    I always keep my baby chicks separate from the main flock until about five months but the chicken pens are side-by-side so they are familiar with each other during the growing time so it is easy to integrate. Before I had separate pens I would keep the mother hen and chicks separate for about three weeks and then I would allow her and the chicks into the main coop. She protected them very well until she was ready to ween them.

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  2. Hi! I am very worried for my baby chicks they have been loosing there hair is that suppose to happen please help!! Oh one more thing they are also growing a really big ball in there chest I hope its not bad but since you know more about baby chicks please help!!

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