They are so outta here! The first set of chicks has moved out of their brooder into a protected section of the regular chicken coop. After two close calls retrieving the tom cat from the coop they seem to be doing well.
The last little chick seems to have identity confusion. She mistakenly thinks she is a parakeet. Whomever told me chickens don't fly has not seen ours! They routinely roost on the barn rafters and this one is following suit. Before we put the mesh over her brooder we were finding her in places like this:
She is contained now but I am hoping they will all be able to be housed together before too long.
I found the girls surfing the hatchery site trying to match up pics of the chicks to identify their breeds. (We still dont know who laid them all) I pointed out that they likely wouldn't find a perfect match because we literally "made" these breeds by crossing the Spangled rooster with these various breeds of hens. So this is science in the making. <g>