The orange and yellow chicks however are thankfully thriving and chirping sweetly. They are inside out of the cold damp weather we have been having, under the warmth of a heat lamp and doing very well. In the very small town we live in, we are not allowed by city ordinance to have chickens in our yard, so when these little ones are grown they will go to our friends farm to live as happy little free range chickens. We purchased a rabbit hutch for them so they would be safe from the longing gaze of our inside cats. Since we cannot have chickens in town and they are so small they are inside with us until they are big enough to go to the farm. I have no idea if or when we will ever find a home in the country so I have let the girls have chicks now twice here. I think it is important for them to experience and learn how to take care of them. If I waited, I think sadly they would miss out on the opportunity to learn.
I am sure the chicks look like a delicious snack to the cats so I wanted a strong cage that if the curious cats jumped on, they would still be very safe and, have a cage that is easy to clean. However now, the cats love to lay by the cage and take naps by the chickens enjoying the warmth of their heat lamp as well! The chickens go to the edge of the cage and nap. The cats do not have their claws in front so they are not in danger to them. We have learned to listen to their peeping and chirping and can tell when they are not happy. My youngest dd runs to see what is upsetting them. They are held and cuddled gently and will be wonderful sweet hens..unless we have a rooster! lol I do believe they are the most spoiled little chicks ever :)