Guess what my first hand-made farm project was?
I built a small roosting platform for my chicks. I wasn't exactly sure when the chicks would be ready for it, but right after I brought them home last week, I decided I should make one and have it ready. Such a project may sound appallingly simple to you, but if it involves a hammer and a saw, then it's pretty darn advanced for me. Here's what it wound up looking like:
About three days ago, I put it into their box just to "test the waters", so to speak. After some major chick chatter over what to do with it:
...they actually think it's kind of cool.
One favorite thing is to sleep inside it. It makes an excellent beak rest:
Then, night before last, some started to get more daring and tried tentatively perching. Below is my Black Star, Princess, trying not to fall off (my 5 year-old niece, Julia, named both of my Black Stars "Princess", so I won't get confused. That's Princess over on the far left of the photo, too. No confusion there.). Look at the size of Princess's feet:
My Rhode Island Red had pretty steady footing:
And both of my White Crested Black Polish, below, love jumping up and down off of it. That's "Dot" on the roost (notice the black dot on her forehead?). "Spot" is on the ground. Spot has a black dot on the back of her head. Clever, aren't I? (Photo especially for Logan and Grayson, who love their puff-ball heads):
Last night, though, there was more than just perching, there was definite roosting going on! Look at those puffy little bird butts all settled down on the roosts:
Yet at the end of a very busy day, sleeping is still best on the ground and, for some, face first: