Go here for last week's report.
Here I am with Dolley, the troublemaker. She's definitely the dominant hen (can you tell?) and she's the one who has not quite pecked the peeps yet, but has definitely reared up and flapped her wings and raised her ruff as if she intended to peck them. But she's actually very sweet and sat in my lap for about ten minutes the other day for no reason at all (usually it takes food to get them to sit still like this.)
Our chicks are definitely ready to go outside. We are beginning week 8 and technically they should stay inside until the end of week 8, but they are chomping at the bit–knocking over their water and food dishes, cheeping constantly, etc. The only question is, are we ready for them to go outside? I'm about to go out of town and my husband is at the bookstore all day, which means that the peeps either have to stay in their small bathtub home all day or go outside and be cooped up with the hens all day. There's not much of a transitional option where I just bring them outside for longer and longer periods of time each day–because I won't be around to do it.
Anyway. They have successfully made it to near-adulthood. I'll post more when I return. Thanks for following along. Meanwhile, if you're in any of these places, maybe I'll see you soon? I'll try to post some photos from the road.
Saturday, April 10
State Flower & Garden Show
Thursday, April 15 7 pm
The Bone Room
Friday, April 16 6:30 pm
Lake Austin Spa's Gardening for Life Week