Our baby chicks were getting way too big for their box.
Plus the house stank. Plus Don's allergies were kicking in. It sure doesn't take these guys long to transition from adorable blobs of fluff to annoying housemates. Bottom line, it was time to get these kids into the coop.
Fortunately we already have an interior cage inside the coop, so it was a simple matter to add a heat bulb to the lamp, get some fresh food and water and a nice clean floor of straw, and put the babies in. Took fifteen minutes, tops.
At first they huddled together, terrified at their new circumstances.
But within a few minutes they were cautiously stretching their legs (and necks), exploring their new surroundings.
This little lady settled right in and relaxed.
Within a couple of days, it was as if their old box had never existed. Everyone was calm and cozy.
We'll keep them inside this inner pen for another couple of weeks, a month at most, before introducing them into the big wide world. Meanwhile it's good to have them out of the house... which now smells much better.