The fuzznuggets have started perching. They all keep the same schedule; I’m so used to seeing moms raise their chicks now. First, there’s very close to home chickergarten, where scratching is strongly emphasized – Mom shows them vigorous scratching in loose material, clearly for practice. Good fling. Look at how well Daisy is kicking.
Second comes explorer time, where the moms take their chicks off, to some distance, for I don’t know what, world acclimation and exposure to strange and unusual things. That is the type of caterpillar that tastes disgusting, but go ahead and try it. We also do not eat slugs. This stage gives me palpitations because they go off in the woods and I fear for them. This is the stage they’re in.
Next comes morning perching. I don’t know why it tends to be first thing after breakfast, and the chicks tend to do it on their own without demonstration. They move higher and higher in the tree and on their rack as they age. It started today.
Eventually they move into being more clubby with the other chicks their age and needing Mom less, then they break up with Mom, or she quits.
These are Velvet and Ghost‘s chicks (Sidewinder is still around, too). I gave Velvet several eggs, and then Ghost seemed just as determined, so I split the eggs with her. They were a mixed batch, so it’s really wild that the chicks ALL seem to be more Cheekslings.
Notice the other one gone for a post-perch warming in Mom’s fluff.