Yesterday, my mother and I went grocery shopping and while we were out, I picked up a couple of bird toys for the chicks. We hung them, and as predicted, the first reaction was ‘omg!whatisthis!’ and a stampede to the other side of the brooder.
When I came back later in the afternoon with Little Dude, however, a couple of them had gotten brave enough to approach one of the toys and ring the bell. Then another. It’s fun to watch them being brave and exploring new ideas.
Later that night, I showed DH and he basically thought I was spoiling the chicks, but he also decided to ‘fix’ my perch a little bit. So it got a bit of a rehab.
At breakfast this morning, they were lined up on one side of the re-designed perch, staring at the other side like it was a barrier they couldn’t cross. Then one of them hopped up on the perch. Then to the other side. A couple others followed suit. Some of the smaller ones can fit under the perch like a limbo pole. A few more rang the bell. It’s cute. They peck the bell, it makes noise and they scurry like crazy to the other side.
But at least they’re trying it out. Trying new things. It’s good for them.