Monday, April 19, 2010

Two Week's Difference

Between the kittens and the chicks, we have all stages of cuteness in the house right now.  I realized that the age difference between the two sets of kittens and chicks is about two weeks for each species and thought it interesting to see how much an animal can grow during that time, whether it's a mammal or a bird.  The 3.5 week old kitten on the left of the photo is like a toddler, walking unsteadily and interacting with humans now (he likes to have his tummy tickled).  The other kitten is just over one week old and still crawls on his belly.  His eyes are open, but his vision isn't very developed yet.  He still finds his mother by using his nose.  The two litters are kept separately for now, supervised by their respective mothers.  Eventually, the litters will be combined when the kittens are at similar stages, probably around 6 to 8 weeks of age.

We have three chicks we got from Agway who are about two weeks older than the four from the hatchery in Ohio.  The chicks pictured are supposed to be similar in size when they are mature in 6 months.  Even with their size differences, all the chicks get along well in their brooder.

The chick on the left is a Rhode Island Red, her big girl feathers starting to come in already.  The little peep on the right is a Buff Orpington still covered in cute chick fuzz.  Whereas the older chicks are now at their awkward ugly stage and the size of a small dove, the little ones still look like Easter chicks.  

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