My husband Mars and I have begun obsessively photo-documenting our chickens. We did the same thing when our son was born. While I think most people do this with their children, at least with their firstborn, the rigor and discipline with which Mars has cataloged our son's growth and adventures is astonishing. Seven years later, about a dozen new photos of Xavier go up on our Web site every single month, without fail. That's commitment, bless his heart.
One of the favorite features of our family's photo Web site is the "growth" section that shows Xavier next to or holding a sock monkey, from infancy up. Having the same object in all the photos to show scale visually underlines the physical changes. I thought it could be good to do the same with the chicks.
The problem is that chickens have jack-in-the box bodies, so measuring them won't be an exact science. One moment a chick's neck is hunkered against her body, and the next it's stretching toward the sky.