The third hatch of Ameraucana chicks finished this morning. Currently there are 14 babies. Very cute and alert little guys who are already eating the chick mash. I’m glad to be done with hatching for this year, it is a chore.
The first two hatches are growing well. They spend every day free-ranging around the barnyard. The first hatch from 4/19 has eight young birds, including a beautiful silver pullet (right front.) It is hard to catch these guys long enough to get a good photograph. Here I slowed them down with some scratch grains for a pose.
The second hatch from 5/14 has thirteen chicks. They are growing fast and have nearly completed their first fledging. These little guys are real adventurers and even harder to capture in photos than their older siblings.Here the two hatches mingle at the feeders. The older chicks chase the younger ones some, but they are getting more and more tolerant with exposure. By fall they will be one big flock. I must set up the feed stations inside pens with narrow entries so the adult chickens can’t steal the food.