Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dustbathing

The chickens did a little dustbathing today. They are almost 3 weeks old now. I was nervous at first that something might be wrong. The barred rock started dragging her wings and flopping around for a couple of minutes. Then they all started to get the hang of it!

video

I think the Ameraucana is the prettiest right now:

She and the Buff Orpington and the Welsummer are growing the quickest these days. The Barred Rock and especially the Brahma are quite a bit smaller and less feathered out than the others.

4 comments:

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

It always impresses me just how 'hard-wired' certain behaviors are in young animals. With no Mom to teach them to scratch in the dirt, or dust bathe, they just know how from the beginning. Don't be surprised if your Brahma takes a very long time to fully feather in. They seem to keep up at first, but then they seem to fall way behind! I'll be curious to see if your female looks as awkward as our male did around five weeks :P

michelle said...

You are having too much fun watching those little chicks grow up. :) Thanks for sharing, I'd forgotten how cute the girls were when they were that age.

keewee said...

It has been a long time since I have seen any chicks. I had forgotten how cute they are.

Jackie said...

CVF, yes, I think you are right about the Brahma. She's somewhat "behind" the others.

Michelle, it's the best $15 I've ever spent!

Keewee, yes, they are cute and very entertaining.