July 24, 2011

Baby Chicks!!


We got some precious new baby chicks... in May. Yes, you read right, in May. Sometimes I just can't seem to find the time. I'm sure you know what I mean. I'm just now getting their baby pics up, but I will post current photos this week as well since they are practically teenagers now.

I finally convinced my darling husband to let me buy babies so I could get the specific breeds I wanted. I ordered two Americanas (the green/ blue egg layers like our Lady Liberty). I also ordered a Silver Laced Wyandotte, whom we've already christened Wendy. Lastly I ordered two Brahmas to replace my beloved Petunia who got to go to school. I am hoping they will grow up to be a sweet as their breed usually is. Anyone have any good ideas for names for these four?
This is their temporary home (it's a recycling bin) with a screen window on top. We set up food and water and  little stick for a perch. The yellow one in front has a blue mark on her head because they are all yellow fuzz until they get big girl feathers and they look just like leghorns. The breeders mark the Brahmas with temporary dye. The other two are the Americanas.

Turns out the babies already know how to take dust baths! We let them out into the freshly tilled garden and they had a blast just kicking up dirt. The black one on the left is Wendy the Wyandotte.

Ahhh, nothing like a good clean spray of dirt!


The kids were fascinated with the babies and how self sufficient they are, especially in comparison to their baby sister.

Henderson's Chicken Chart is a great list of all the breeds and their egg colors.
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2 comments:

  1. i love your page. im a country girl my husband was a city bot. he now has been living in montana with me for 17 years. he was shocked one morning and he woke up to a couple of geese and ducklings in our bath tub and a baby peacock resting on my shoulder.. the bay chicks in our living room in a old 50 gallon fish tank tell they where old enough to go outside..

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    1. A baby PEACOCK! Wow. That's pretty cool.

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