I think the babies grew while I was sleeping! Here they are from last night:
Here they are this morning:
See that little dark Araucana near the front of the picture . near the feeder? Look at the little tufts below his eyes. That breed develops those little fluffy spots there and a fluffy, feathery “beard” under their beaks. Technically, I think my chicks are Ameraucana, and not Araucana babies. If interested, you can read about the differences here. The Ameraucana and Araucana breeds come in two sizes – bantam and full size. Ours are full size.
There was no way I was going to deal with Speck wanting to eat the chicks all day so I moved them into Vince’s office, where I can close the door. Since I’m downstairs sewing, Speck had to be down here too and he definitely could have turned over their Rubbermaid container and . . it would have been goodbye baby chicks! Not gonna let that happen so they’re safe behind a closed door now. And . . if they should get out of the container in a few days . . well, they won’t be walking around in my area til we discover them, they’ll be in Vince’s office area! 🙂 That thought might cause the coop to be built sooner rather than later.
We’ll put them in the downstairs garage in a couple of weeks, once our temps rise a bit. They have to be kept at 95 degrees this week, 90 degrees next week, 85 degrees the next week and so on til the temp we’re keeping them is the same as the temp outside. The garage has heating/air vents but the door isn’t insulated and with it being below freezing this week, there’s no way we could keep them at 95 degrees, even with their heat lamp. So, they’ll live inside for a couple of weeks, then they’ll me into the downstairs garage for a couple of weeks and then I hope they’ll have a comfortable chicken tractor waiting for them.