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.
Welcome to my new Nature blog – by kids and for kids!
Hello! My name is Judah and I love all things nature!
I have a pet turtle, named Snapper and enjoy watching birds from my window. I like camping, exploring and learning about animals and plants. I enjoy searching for animals and making structures with the rocks near a stream. I also like finding plants in our yard, re-potting them and watching them grow.
Soon I will be getting chicks for the first time and I’m looking forward to watching them grow too.
This is my pet Snapper! She’s a painted turtle that has lived in a tank in my room for about 4 years now. We rescued her near the highway by a river. You may not think you can take an aquatic turtle outside but I often let Snapper walk around in the grass, while keeping an eye on her. I also made a small cage with no floor which can be placed in the grass and Snapper can walk around without escaping.
I enjoy watching Snapper swim in the tank and get excited every time someone walks in the room. She dives off her dock and splashes energetically.
I hope that by reading this blog you and I will learn more about nature as we explore it together!