The little meat chickens are growing strong, and will be 3 weeks old already in just a couple of days! We're working on transitioning them from the brooder out into the "real world," where they can enjoy the grass and sunshine. Today was so beautiful and mild (and the chicks so ready to spread their wings a bit more), that we took them out for a little exploring.
I loaded them up in a dog crate and brought them to the outdoor run attached to the chicken barn. They were cautious at first, but as soon as a few brave souls ventured out, the rest followed with a little coaxing.
Their downy fluff is turning into beautiful feathers, and they are indeed becoming meaty.
Unfortunately, they are not getting any uglier.
They are cute as ever, in fact.
As they scratched the ground, nibbled the grass, jumped at flying bugs, and pounced on each other.
Ever-watchful, Tiny eyed them suspiciously.
And when we brought them back inside, they were thoroughly tired, snuggling up all together for an afternoon nap. Sweet little chickies.