The chicks will be 4 weeks old on Sunday and they are getting huge! They are very active, and have no problem getting in and out of their brooder box. The addition is nice, but they want to explore everywhere. This, as you might imagine, makes quite a mess with shavings and poop everywhere. They are not ready to move up to Cluckingham Palace yet, but they will be in another week or two….depending on weather.
So I have been working on creating a space for them in Cluckingham Palace. They will need to be separated from Beatrix and Prudence for while…until everyone is used to each other. Luckily, Cluckingham Palace has a divider. One side is the coop area and the other is for storage and was a potting area. But since I have the greenhouse now, I don’t need it for potting. That side can be used for the chicks.
This was a good opportunity to clean and reorganise Cluckingham Palace.
I moved most of the pots and soil and tools to the greenhouse. That left a lot of space. A good scrubbing, some clean linens and a few new storage bins and it was looking good.
Lots of little shelves for things. Jars for herbs or treats.
And lots of tins to store food and grit and oyster shells. The chick food and the chick grit is different than what Beatrix and Prudence eat, so it will need to be kept separately.
Underneath the shelves, where soil and shavings used to be was now empty. A perfect place for a roost.
Here it is with the straw and food, water, grit and hanging is a “baby cake.” It is supposed to help them learn to peck. This would be plenty of space for them until they could move into the coop side of Cluckingham Palace.
The chick side was looking good..all clean and organized. Perhaps the coop side could use something.
When everything was ready, I brought the chicks up to Cluckingham Palace for a visit.
Beatrix wanted NO part of any new chicks. She left in a huff. But Prudence was interested.
She came over to say hello. She watched as they explored.
I made a video of the visit which will be on the Brookwood Shire Facebook page.
All in all I would say it was successful visit.
Though I am not sure Beatrix would agree.