Today, the chicks got to escape their brooder box for a bit!
After the initial fearful paralysis that chicks seem to suffer from in any new situation:
they quickly recovered and began their thorough investigation of their new surroundings:
Roxy was very interested in the whole affair...almost disturbingly so. I would definitely not leave her alone with the chicks at this point:
Every time a bird flew past the window outside, the chicks' necks would get really long and they'd freeze for a moment, until they felt it safe to move again:
Below is one of the two videos I managed to get. The other actually had a chick flying out of the pool, right at my face, and me shrieking a bit - not pretty - so that one's now on the cutting room floor (or possibly filed away to make Jim laugh later).
This clip has a little bit of everything - flocking, pecking, danger, mystery, intrigue....
That big THUMP toward the end of the video is a bird from outside flying into one of our living room windows. Ouch. You can see it stopped the chicks cold for a second.
When I first thought to put them in the kiddy pool, I wanted to take advantage of today's (fleeting) beautiful sunshine and take the pool outside, but then I noticed the thermometer read only 49 degrees and thought otherwise. Now I'm really glad for another reason:
The little beasties kept flying out. I'm really dumb for not anticipating this - it could have been really bad. Initially, they would just perch on the edge of the pool but then, if either Roxy or I moved, they would flap down to the ground and start running around the outside of the pool. It was harder than I imagined, too, trying to catch them while also trying to keep the dog from "helping".
Here's the latest on Dot, one of my puffball-headed chicks:
Nice 'do, don't you think? It's growing very differently than her sister's (Spot's) is - you can see them both in this next picture:
...I'm worried that Dot might actually be a little roo. Anyone know how to sex a White-Crested Black Polish? (That sounds really odd, doesn't it? Fortunately, I know you know what I mean.) :-)