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Week 2 Chicks & Camouflage Moths

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.
Can you see how their fuzz is turning into wing feathers?
If you want to know what it sounds like around here all day!

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.)

This is what their home looks like under the red warming lamp. Baby chicks must be kept warm for the first month.
The chicks get lots of attention and we think they like to listen to stories too.

CAMOUFLAGE MOTHS

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.

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By Judah Love

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Baby Chicks: Day 1 Observations

So, the phone call we’ve been waiting for finally came – the Post Office called to say our box of baby chicks had arrived!

My dad brought them home and we carefully opened the box.

It’s been fun to see how each of the 4 chicks are different and also observe what they all do that is the same.

Day 1 Observations about all 4 chicks:

  • They are less afraid than we thought they would be to be picked up.
  • Their wings are not grown in and you see the bony, feather shaft where the adult feathers will grow in and replace the tiny down feathers they have now.
  • When they drink, they dip their beak into the water and then lift their heads back like they are gurgling.
  • They sit on their feet and lean their heads far forward to sleep.
  • They chirp more than we expected, almost constantly while they are awake. If it’s quiet = they are asleep!
  • They jump off of their bedding trying to fly, even though only 2 days old!
  • It’s fun to watch them clean themselves and hop around!

We will post up weekly as the grow larger, change, and get their feathers. Ask your parent to sign up for the weekly email so that you don’t miss it!

By Judah & Simon Love

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