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Baby chickens, all grown up

Remember the baby chicks, those little balls of fluff, who came to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in mid-October? They grow up fast, so they didn’t remain tiny for long. Now it is hard to pick them out at first glance when they’re with the general chicken population, because they’re full-grown and they blend right in. Mostly. There is still a young-chicken look to them, but it doesn’t have to do with their size!

Today I was on water duty, and while I cleaned and filled the water dishes I watched two of the five chicks do their chicken thing. This mostly entails looking for goodies to eat, with the rooster pointing out the best bits to the hen. It was very sweet and very peaceful, and it is hard to believe that these were such tiny balls of fluff just a few months ago!

grown up baby chickens
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3 responses to “Baby chickens, all grown up

  1. Becci February 16, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Oh man, so precious. I love how chivalrous the roosters are, leading the hens around to share the best food with them!!

  2. John February 17, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Well done they are beautiful chickens. We live in the UK where this breed is not too common. We had some baby chicks recently which are now pullets. Our cockerel too is very gentlemanly and splits up little quarrels between the hens.

  3. Deb February 17, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Becci, I agree! It is very sweet to see the way they interact and take care of each other.

    John, I believe this breed is known as “white leghorns” and they seem to be fairly common here, at least based on the rescued chickens that are at the sanctuary! I’ve seen roosters split up the fights too. As was said to me once, the world leaders could learn a thing or two from chickens!

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