They each have such distinct personalities. Mimi is definitely the boss. She tells the girls when they should eat, play, roost...she's the leader. When we lift the lid, she makes sure all the girls are safely roosting on the bin before she joins them. When I hold her, she looks me in the eye as if to say, "You know this was my idea, right?" Cindy Lou Who is my cuddler. When I hold her, she snuggles in the crook of my elbow, or into the cup of my hand. She is opinionated, too. She never lets me wonder what she's thinking! #1 unnamed (whom I affectionately call Miss Adventure), She's the one who flies around haphazardly, running into the side of the tub, miscalculating the edge of the roosting bar, etc. Yesterday she somehow found herself on the floor. After Big Dog (AKA Minnie) almost stepped on her, she took off running to the kitchen which scared her, and she couldn't find her way back. Of course she was squawking the entire time. It was pretty funny! #2 unnamed has to study what she's doing before she does it. For example, if everybody is jumping on the roosting bar, she makes sure there is room for herself before jumping. She is always last, but it's because she's always trying to figure out how to do things. She contentedly sits on my knee, watching what everyone is doing, before making her decision of what to do next. My last, precious, unnamed baby girl loves to hide. She sits under the treat tree, and when she's out playing, she likes to hid underneath our table. I'll admit, we've lost her a couple of times! While everyone else huddles together to sleep, you will often see her under the roosting bar. It's so fun to see who the girls are becoming!
They are eating. A LOT. As a result, they are growing. A LOT. They are still in the brooder, but it's getting more and more difficult for them to move around. We've had to move up our coop build by a month! We are going to keep them downstairs during the winter, taking them outside on warm days so they get used to the sunshine and the elements. Right now, though, we're building the base. We tiled the flooring and enclosed it with chicken wire and hardware cloth. There will be a lid that we can open and close, and a sweep area. We are building two roosting poles. The coop will HOPEFULLY be the same shape as our house. We live in an historic district, and the architecture of our houses are awesome. We will paint the coop to match our house, as well. The nesting boxes will be like the back of our house, like our kitchen is. I'm excited! Hubby is working hard on the coop. Of course we will have a yard, and we plan to build it tractor style.
We are really enjoying the girls! My favorite part is when they hear my voice, and they all line up like good students, and look up at me, expecting me to expound some great knowledge. Maybe I should bring them to school to show my students how to act toward a teacher! Haha, just kidding. My students are actually really cool, too.