If you weren’t aware, Bjorn and I have had baby chickens living in our living room for the past few weeks! By the end of last week, it was time for them to move out. 🙂 They’ve gotten old enough that they aren’t as fragile, and they surely need more space now!
This whole journey has been so much fun. Our baby chicks arrived in a box at the post office back in February. We brought them home, put them in their new box with a heating lamp, and taught them how to drink water. They grew familiar with the rhythms of our daily life in the house (although they seriously jumped every time I sneezed?!). We constantly refilled their water and feed and changed their box lining (we called it their diaper, haha!). I got really used to their sweet little “peeping” coming from that box in the living room; I think I’ll especially miss that.
But, like anything else in life, they grew up! They’re not as fluffy and round and cute as they were before. They needed a chance to stretch their legs and flap their wings even more without fluffing dust around our house. 🙂
After work one day last week, Bjorn and I loaded up the chicks in their box, along with their heating lamp and everything else they’ll need…then we took the backroads to my in-laws’ farm, where the chicks will now live!
Bjorn has had chicks in this old grain bin before – it’s a really nice system. They get a lot of space, their heating lamp can be hooked up nicely for cooler nights, and Bjorn has rigged up a nice wire door that’s sturdy enough to keep farm cats out. 🙂 We’ve got a larger feeder in their new home, and a much larger supply of water for them.
I did warn Bjorn in advance that I may not be particularly helpful with the moving process, since I often just end up taking a lot of pictures. 🙂 And that’s pretty much what happened. I did help out with finding a metal garbage can for their feed…but Bjorn did most of the transfer process.
I grabbed one of the chicks and forced it to do another fun photo shoot with me, but it didn’t really want to be part of a lovely rustic photo. It calmed down enough for me to get a few shots, though. Farm photography is a blast – you never quite know what to expect or what type of photo you’ll be able to get!
Something fun: we recently realized that we actually have 31 chicks! It’s always kind of exciting to get a free bonus in your purchase, isn’t it? 🙂
I wandered around the farm a lot that day, eager to soak up the late afternoon sunshine and see my sis-in-law’s beautiful horses again. I’ve missed them!