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{Photo of the Day} 27.03.2015

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Mercury & Frost are growing like weeds. In retrospect, I should have expected this after my experience with the robins but it’s still pretty amazing how fast they are developing.

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They even started scratching today! This is an important activity to teach your chicks, as it’s pretty much what chickens do – scratch around for food & grit all day. If they had been hatched by a broody hen, she would have taught them everything they would need to know to survive. Since they were hatched by me, that duty falls on me to impart upon them. As soon as they were moved into the brooder, the first thing I did was dip their beaks into the water deep enough to get it wet so that they knew to get hydrated there. After that, I would make a little pecking motion in their feeder so that they knew to get food there. They picked up on the feed faster than the water & that had me a little worried at first. If I was still physically able to do so, I would have done cartwheels the first time I saw them drink on their own. After that, I started putting mash (that’s what their feed is called) onto the paper towels & make the same pecking motion there. Again, cartwheels. I want them to get little achievements icons like in video games when this happens. Next, I’m going to have to get something in the brooder that they can use as a roost so they can start learning that.

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As spring sways in, it brings with it quick, warm snow storms & fast, furious rainstorms.

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