Going into Week 3, I can tell that the chicks have grown a lot!
Their average weight is now 2.96 oz., almost 2x last week’s measurement!
They have also grown in their first tail feathers and have grown in most of their wing feathers. We were astonished and amazed that they seem to grow a tail overnight!
They began to fly and are more brave to jump off higher objects. We had to tape the sides of the box to make it higher because one of them flew out!
They also trust us more. Some of them even follow me around the house.
So, we miss getting to hold them on our laps while we watch tv, but enjoy seeing them flutter around. The definitely have more energy!
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So the chicks are now one week old and noticeably bigger!
In this one week:
Their average weight is up from 1.39 ounces to 1.55 ounces
They are trying to flap around and fly more
They definitely poop more and we have to clean out their box like 3 times a day!
Their bony shaft is now turning to full feathers on their wings
The Black (Australorp) seem more friendly and let us hold them more. They also sleep more.
The Yellow (Buff Orpington) are more nervous for us to pick them up and try to fly around more.
What is our most often asked question?
HOW can you tell them apart?
Well, meet Laura! She is yellow with a tiny red dot on her beak.
Leia is black with a mostly white beak.
Mary is yellow but slightly darker and has no mark on her beak.
And Hazel is black with a black beak and also the largest right now.
(and, Yes, some of these are named after some of our favorite characters.)
You can often find camouflage animals living all around us.
One day, while I was outside, I spotted a moth on the big White Oak tree in our yard. It used camouflage to disguise itself as the lichen-covered bark on the tree. This helps protect it from its predators such as bird or lizards.
Can you spot it? Can you find one this week outside? Keep an eye out for camouflage! Let us know what you find and submit your own picture and explanation of clever camouflage in nature.
Animals and plants can be amazing, but some can also be disgusting.
The Hoatzin bird builds its nest above the water of the river. This enables the chicks to simply hop into the water and swim to safety if the nest is attacked. The chicks also have small claws on its wings to help it grip and climb trees.
But here is the gross part: the leaves that the Hoatzin eats are fermented in its throat. This gives the bird awful breath! This is why the people in northern South America call it the Stink bird and no one hunts this animal. The same thing happens in a cow’s stomach. This is why the Hoatzin smells like cow manure.
The Rafflesia Flower
Some plants are revolting too.
The Rafflesia flower, or corpse flower, literally smells like rotting meat. It is often larger than 3 feet wide and can weigh more than 200 pounds! The awful smell it puts off helps attract flies and beetles which will help pollinate the flower. Also this plant has no stem, leaves or even roots!
It is named after Sir Stamford Raffles the leader of the expedition on which it was first recorded and grows naturally in Indonesia.