Cooped Up

Well, today was the first time in four days that the chickens have left the coop.

image image  As you can see (on the left), Saturday, the high was 3-degrees.  Sunday saw a low of -11 and a high of 1-degree.  I let them outside a little on Saturday, but not at all on Sunday.  Monday was more of the same… warmed, slightly, but incredibly windy and the wind was coming in from a direction that would have blown all that cold air into the coop.

The temp inside the coop?  A balmy 18-degrees.  No heat lamps, no extra lights.

Today, we’re having freezing rain, but it’s warm.  I opened up the coop door, but left the run closed.  They all went out, shook their feather and milled around.  Looked for the treat dish (I left it inside) and some of them came back inside.

I decided to leave the door open.  It’s not cold, and the temp inside the coop is almost 40-degrees.  They won’t freeze, and they needed the chance to go outside.  Blow some stink off, as my Mom likes to say.

Saturday also marked Pip’s 11th week with us.  I took the usual pictures.

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Hi, Pip. Or is it Pippi?

 

10 thoughts on “Cooped Up

    1. See? The gold sexlinks were all crowing by 10 weeks, but NONE of the Rhode Island Red roosters crowed until they were closer to 15 weeks. I don’t know if that’s because they were sorely outnumbered and outsized by the Golds, and crowing can be considered a challenge… or if 15+ is norm for a RiR???

      Pip being a cross of the two is still my wild card baby.

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  1. Pip vs. Pippi is killing me!!! I suppose in 9 more weeks you’ll have to see if he/she starts laying eggs!!! He looks like a she to me!

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  2. Brrr! Those temperatures make me hurt just thinking about it!

    That photo looks like a “Pip” to me, but that doesn’t mean much without having other chicks from the same batch to compare. So cute!

    Thanks for liking and commenting on my chicken post. Have a great day!

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    1. There were no other chicks. Pip was one of 2 eggs I gave my broody hen as an experiment. I was hoping for two chicks, but only got one.

      What makes it even harder to tell is that Pip is a cross between 2 different types of chicken, the sexlinks (his papa) and Rhode Island Reds (bio mom, NOT the broody who raised him). This was my first time hatching eggs and there is no way of telling. Comb and wattles got big quickly, but then stalled enough for me to start doubting my gut instinct. Then this week, Pip is back to looking like a ‘Pip’ again. I’m so confused.

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      1. Yeah, it’s much easier to tell when you have multiple chicks.  For one thing, the boys will fight all the time, even from two or three weeks old.  

        If you want to compare your chick-raising experience to mine, you can read our experiences in this post that a fellow chicken-lover asked me to write.  We’re not super experienced, either, though.  We have had chickens about four (or five?) years now and have raised about seven batches of babies (three or four batches in the house, and the rest with a momma hen).  

        Best wishes to you and your feathered friends.  Chickens are such great pets!

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      2. I would have loved it if the other egg had hatched. Pip needs companions his own age. The flock has accepted him, but he’s low-chick on the totem pole, so he spends a lot of time by himself now that Abby has decided to go back to being a hen (as opposed to being Momma). I am hoping she will go broody again this spring/summer, as I would love to give her a handful of eggs, and see what comes of it.

        So far, none of my other hens show any interest in babies.

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      3. LOL! I can see that. Dots seems to have his favorites, too. Also, I suspect that the girls also have their say. I’ve seen some of my hens refuse his advances. But even still, a good half (or more) of every dozen eggs I’ve had, even this winter, have been fertilized. I check every one I crack open.

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