Except for our Facebook friends and followers, many of you might not know that our last name is Macdonald. But all of our followers know by now that I am old. So I guess that makes me “Old Macdonald” and we now (sort of) have a farm. At least a family of chicks!
As we mentioned in our last post we picked up four (hopefully) little female chickens to raise for egg production. Even though we have had them for just under three days, we can see remarkable growth. It may not be obvious from the pictures, but these little guys have added at least 30% to their body mass and are markedly taller and stronger than they were only three days ago.
Today I took the bin outside to clean the wood shavings and get fresh water. While I cleaned the pen, Mary played with the children.
The chicks are quite comfortable with us and will crawl up next to our necks and cuddle! Mary was training them today to hop up onto her hand and arm to perch. After a while they were competing for space on Mary’s arm – flying up and knocking one of their siblings off in a “king of the mountain” type of play.
One of the things I asked the salesperson at the agricultural store in Charapotó several times was how old these chicks were. She consistently told me they were twelve weeks old. Mary had been looking at pictures of chicks in various states of development and we believe these chicks were only about two weeks old or less, so I asked again. What it appears the woman was telling me was how old the chicks need to be to start laying eggs or to be eaten!
What? Did he say, “Eaten!?”
We hope it is only a couple of months before these girls start laying eggs. But, eat them?
We think not!
These little guys are just too cute and are making it even more true for us that…
Life is good in Ecuador!