Well, our little Pip is ‘all grown up now’ … in the sense that starting with Saturday and his (?) 9th week-aversary, Abby has finally decided to ‘cut the cord’ and let her chick become a true member of the flock so she can go back to being a hen.
Pip is too big now, anyway, to fit underneath her for cuddle-time anymore. This is much to Pip’s disappointment. They still sit next to each other on the roosts, but I’ve watched, as the week has progressed, and she has been spending more time with the rest of the girls, doing girl things, like sunbathing and hunting for things to eat. Pip has been regulated to following a bit behind the flock, and spends more time now by him (?)self. Being independent and all.
The above pictures were taken on Saturday, to show much Pip has grown. The last week-aversary pics, he was not that big, but now is half momma’s size.
Week 9 is generally when I stop chronicling the growth of the chicks. That’s about when I did it for both the Golds and the Reds. However, considering Pip has no siblings, if anyone is still interesting in seeing his (?) growth, I could keep going.
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, that I keep putting a ? after any reference to Pip being a him. A few weeks ago, I was pretty sure Pip was a baby Roo, but more recently, Pip kinda has a look like a little henny, too. Compare the pics of Pip and Abby I posted above.
So, I guess gender could still be up in the air. We’ll just to keep waiting to see. Pip is my wild card, so to speak. A cross between the two breeds I raised last spring. There’s no telling what’s going to happen.
With all the nice, sunny weather we’ve had the last week and a half, the hens have certainly been enjoying life. THIS is what they were doing while other chickens to the south of us have been trying to navigate the dangers of the dreaded White Stuff.
Poor chickens! If only they knew winter is NOT over yet, no matter what the Ground Hog said.
On the plus side, with the increased sun, my eggs production has gone up from 4 eggs to a whopping 6!!!
But the exciting thing is this…
The girl in the top picture is my Abigail, Pip’s loving momma… finally doing the henny thing and laying eggs once again! Of course, she was laying in the same box Jolene likes to use… so poor Jolene was stuck looking for a place to lay and actually pitched quite a fit about it.
EGG! See it!!! Right there!!!!!
(This is, ironically, the box Abby laid her very first egg in back in August… and also the same box where Pip’s egg was laid back in October. And ALSO the box where Abby and Pip slept at night for a couple of weeks before Pip gt big enough to fly up to the roosts. It’s a very popular laying box.)
And… this is our week since Saturday.
Happy Thursday, everyone!!!!