I’ve decided that starting next week, I’m going to combine the week-aversary posts into one for all three breeds.
The Buff Orpington and Black Australorp chicks are six weeks today. Some of them are in the grow up coop. Three of them are still in the brooder. They are late bloomers. They still have a lot of down. I’m keeping them in the brooder til they fill out more.
Dad says that is bring cruel to them and I should just move them in with the others and expect them to cuddle for the warmth they need to feather out.
It’s been warm outside, but the barn is still cool (around 50-55 degrees). They won’t be going outside until it gets a little warmer and they get a little bigger. I’m not worried about the girls who’ve already feathered out.
On the other hand… Pip spent the whole winter in the barn with his Momma and the other hens. He never used a heat lamp and by the time he was 6 weeks, he was unable to sleep under Abby. Believe me, he tried! It was hilarious to watch!
So he would up cuddling next to her, with the barn being about 20-30 degrees all winter long.
Is it possible Dad is right? I should just put the last three in the grow up coop and trust that their siblings will keep them warm enough?
It’s going to be in the 60-70’s range all next week, so the barn will be a little warmer.
And lastly… Our week-aversary pics…
ETA: DH took the liberty of moving the brooder lamp unto the grow up coop, so now all babies are together again. I’ll remove the lamp when those last couple lose that stubborn baby down.