Day 1 - The eggs have arrived
by Kayden Y6
Examine the colouring of the bird when baby chicks are first born their hairs are yellow, brown, white or black. By six weeks the baby chicks get almost all their feathers.
When several baby chicks are together the smallest one can get picked on and sometimes even injured and will have to be separated from the others.
Male chicks have one step curve shape wing.
Female chicks have two curve shape wing.
Day 2 - No change in the eggs overnight
Young chicks need to be close to water and food.
Spread a 4-inch layer of pine shavings on the floor, then lay several layers of newspaper over that.
Scatter lots of chick feed on the paper and also have feeding troughs filled in the pen.
Baby chickens do not need light at night.
By Kayden Y6
Day 3 - They're starting to hatch
Day 3 - Hello little chicks!
Baby chicks are prosocial, meaning they are genetically equipped to find food and follow their own kind, or whoever is in charge, in the progress known as imprinting.
By imprinting, chicks learn the features of their mother hen and siblings, to insure their survival.
The chicken is a domesticated bird, with attributes of wild species such as the red and grey jungle fowl that are originally from south-eastern Asia.
Rooster or cock is a term for an adult male bird, and a younger male may be called a cockerel.
A male that has been castrated is a capon.
Day 4 - The chicks are happy
How long does it take for a baby chick to grow?
This typically occurs when the chickens are 16 and 24 weeks of age, depending on breed, but even some individuals within a breed will develop more quickly or slowly than others. The ballpark age for when a young chicken is considered mature is 18 weeks.
Day 5 - Good Morning Happy Chicks
Did you know?
Chickens can run at 9mph. chickens don’t sweat. There are more chickens than humans in the world. Brown eggs cost more than white eggs. Chickens do not take baths. Hens do not play favourites with their chicks. Chickens can recognize people. Chickens are not colour-blind. Chickens experience emotions that matter to them and affect their health and welfare.
By Kayden y6
Day 8 - Monday morning
7 facts about chicks.
Chickens love to play, run, skip, and flap their wings.
Hens teach sounds to their chicks while they are still in the eggs.
Chickens have a profound memory and are able to distinguish between more than 100 faces of their species.
Chickens are able to distinguish colours.
Chickens are not colour blind.
Chickens are real sleeping beauties-they experience rapid eye movement [rem] sleep, which means they dream just like we do.
Chickens have pain receptors that give them the ability to feel pain and distress.
By Kayden y6
More facts about chicks
Chickens can fly but not far.
Chickens can indeed swim safety in the shallow water for a short length of time while supervised.
Chickens know whose boss.
Chickens can only live 5-10 years.
Chickens are incredibly smart.
Chickens eat fruit, vegetables, grains and even table scraps
Chickens can sneeze.
Chickens can live without heads.
Chickens teach each other.
They like to play.
Chickens can fly and run fast.
Certain breeds are about to become extinct
By Kayden y6