Yesterday when I got home from market I couldn't find Goldie and her chick. Of course, I worried, but I finally came in the house. Goldie has taken to going out of the pen with her in the late afternoon. I open the gate at that time so that they can forage outside of the pen for a few hours before they go to roost. Also, if there are any chickens out and about, Campines being the usual escapees, an open gate means they can get back in the pen before Clay gets there to close up the Moop for the night.
Sunday is Clay's day off. I went out at the crack of dawn to open up the Moop, hoping that Goldie and Baby would be inside. They were - in a nest! These nests are at least four feet off the floor. I guess the box is out - I'll take it to the burn pile and move the baby chick waterer and feeder back to the storage area. This chick has let me know from Day One that she is a BIG girl! Okay, maybe it's a boy, but I am hoping it is a girl.
I am more convinced day by day that this is a full blooded Campine. The egg was white, so Mama was a Campine. Just a matter of whether it was Ricky Ricardo, Tiny or Buster who did the deed. Any chick with wings no more than an inch and a half long who can fly out of a box with 18" sides when it is only a couple of days old has to be a Campine! And she was two weeks old on Friday, and already able to fly up into the nests - a top nest no less. Yup, has to be a Campine!!