Three little heads, and one big butt
The chicks (some at least) are now able to vocalize. Because I am I deaf I can't hear them unless I get my ear right up against the nest box. Mrs Dr C can hear them quite well. When we took them out to clean the nest box this morning I held the liner with the chicks in it up to my 'good' ear, a faint chorus of peeps. Here's a pictorial of the cleaning process:
Warm up the bowl
remove the liner and chicks
Move the little buggers over (2 eggs still remain)
Obviously, while they are covered up in the bowl we dump the dirty shavings, wash out the liner which is poop plastered, and then retum them to the clean shavings and whisk them back to the anxious Billie Holliday. She's always very anxious to get back in the nest box to see what mischief we have made. She almost entered the nest box while I still had the cover open. Usually she runs to the opposite end of the cage when I have it open. Either she is more vested in her efforts now or perhaps she's figuring out that I'm not quite as dangerous as my contenance suggests.
Winnie was hatched 12/21, Chick #4, yesterday
OBTW: Check out the size of the feet on those chicks! Don't forget to click on the pictures to enlarge them, the details are interesting.