So with all that, the choices were lock up the chicks in a dog crate during the day so they can't wander, or let them wander. I want them to get in with the adults and join the flock, so I made the decision to let them go out with the adults.
At 9:30am, a little more than an hour after releasing them, I regretted that decision. I went outside for my regularly scheduled chicken check, and discovered that three (THREE?!) of the babies were missing. Three out of five chicks were missing from the yard. The two remaining chicks were following the adults around, cheeping sadly and loudly for their lost friends.
The search began immediately. I walked around our property, the neighbor's property, all the way down the street, through the woods, and everyplace I thought a baby chick might go to. I searched for at least an hour and a half. Literally, not a peep from any chicks.
We had errands to run, so we left the house for several hours, griping about the vulnerability of those poor chicks. Hours later we returned to find...
All chicks had returned and were casually walking around the yard! Where on earth did they go?! I guess we will never know....
Today, they wandered around the yard without getting lost. Thank goodness.
Now to change the subject: Today's Amazing Chicken Accomplishment!
|Oh Belvedere, such an over-achiever|
Belvedere shot out this giant egg today. Here's all of today's egg haul, minus the store bought.
|Left to right: Belvedere (fat egg from a fat chicken), store bought, Nessie (easter egger), Fluffers (beloved silkie), Spoof (second beloved silkie)|