Look what's taken up residence with us!
They arrived last Friday. Ten Tetra Tint pullet chicks. Our future laying flock.
Tetra Tints are a chicken developed especially for Tractor Supply Company stores. They mature at around 5 pounds and produce a very light cream colored egg. They're mostly white with some darker coloration mixed in. We were originally interested in having Buff Orpingtons for our flock but the opportunity arose to pick these chicks up directly from the store and we went with it. They were already sexed so we know that they are all future hens. That's the theory anyway. It's always possible for a cockerel to slip by when they're that tiny.
Right now the chicks are living in our downstairs suite in a large tub equipped with a heat lamp, thermometer, toys, and feed and water stations. They were so entranced with the thermometer that we added some balls that rattle, a little mirror and a piece of string to keep them busy. They seemed bored and would peck at each other and the toys have eliminated that behavior. Well, except when one of them sits on another's head. But that's just get-the-hell-off-me-dammit behavior. Our sons use to do the same thing. Kids. There's similarities no matter what the species.
|Is that a chick high-5?|
They're currently being feed chick crumble and they really like their chow! They go through that quart container in a day! Water is very important. Chicks drink a lot and have no compunctions whatsoever about messing up their drinking station so that gets cleaned and filled 3-4 times a day.
So far the chicks have been very easy to care for. They're getting used to us and don't freak out anymore when we handle them. They're very amusing. When they're busy playing, we can faintly hear them chirping upstairs. Cleaning the tubs is easy and they don't smell at all. What has surprised us is that even though we can hear the chirping upstairs and we often must smell of something potentially yummy after handling the chicks, Franklin the cat has evinced no interest whatsover in what is living beyond the door to the stairs.