Our Jersey Giant chicks were getting way too crowded in their box.
Besides, they were getting to the smelly hysterical stage that makes for tiresome house guests. Time to move them into the coop.
We have an interior cage in the chicken coop designed for chicks (or for separating roosters or for any other reason we need to isolate some birds). I gave everything a good cleaning, then we installed some hardware cloth over the existing chicken wire so wily babies couldn't slip through.
Then Don and I carried the box of chicks from the house to the coop and installed the babies. As chicks will do, they immediately huddled in one corner, terrified of their new environment.
It didn't matter that they had a zillion times more room in their new digs. They weren't budging from that wall.
Hearing the peeping, one of the adult hens wandered into the coop and stared at the birds as if she'd never seen a baby before.
Which, come to think of it, she hadn't. (She's only a year old.)
I left the chicks alone to let them settle in. Within an hour they were scattered about, luxuriating under the heat lamp, eating and drinking, and otherwise acting normally.
But of course the moment I stepped into the coop, the chicks would give the alarm and flee back to their corner. Such is the nature of chicks.
We'll swap the heat lamp bulb for a regular bulb during the upcoming heat wave so as not to bake them. Also, as the summer progresses, we plan to build a new coop for the chickens inside our yard so the chickens will be protected from coyotes. After losing our dear Snap, we don't want to risk losing any more of the chickens.