Friday, April 17, 2009

Chicks

I thought I would show you the chicks while they are still little. I have them labeled by breed. I will end up with a flock of 14 hens of several different colors. The Americaunas lay blue or green eggs, all the rest lay various shades of brown and cream. They are so cute at this age!
When the babies are little like this they fall asleep on their feet every few minutes. They tip right over on their little faces with their teeny bums in the air and sleep. Too cute. The 12 year old boy next door is in love. I put a little chair in the coop so he could sit inside and watch them. He is working on naming them all:>)
Aren't they just the sweetest things? Earl and I are planning some raised beds in front of the coop, with a picket fence around it. I plan to let the hens out to scratch every once in a while once the vegetables are big enough to not get picked or trampled. Good for the garden and I love to see the hens in the yard:>) It is a beautiful sunny 70 degree day and I have some weeding and garden beds to take care of while the sun shines. I hope you all have a wonderful spring weekend! I will be making the rounds and catching up with everyone over the next week. I can't wait:>)

22 comments:

  1. ooo, I am just beside myself with wanting some chickens..And, I live right in the middle of town! boo hoo
    HOWEVER...Stacy lives in the country and she is wanting chickens, too...they are getting ready to build a chicken house.
    Yours are so so cute ...peep peep

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  2. Keep in mind, the chickies will eat fully grown veggies! I know. Mine reached through the fence to peck at my tomatoes and my lettuce!
    I would let them free-range after about 6pm in the spring and summer, to minimize the damage they would do!

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  3. Hi Kathy,
    First time to your blog, seen the baby chick and couldn't resist. I have all the breeds that you show. People around here think it is a little weird to see blue/green eggs. They are used to it now :) Yes, they will eat anything in their sight. Mine are a year old now. We were supposed to have all hens, but out of 20 chicks, 4 are roosters. They are hilarious to watch when they are free ranging.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Crystal
    thehummingbirdcottage.blogspot.com

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  4. So fun, we used to raise them all the time as kids. We would have up to 53 chickens at a time.
    have fun!!!
    helen

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  5. This raising chickens thing seems to be a really popular thing lately+. You are the third person I know who is raising them. I take it you don't live in the city? You are like Martha Stewart who did a segment on her show about raising chickens. I can't remember but I think she ordered a hundred or so. Fascinating.

    Will the eggs be for your family only??

    Sounds like fun and definitely at this age they are adorable!!

    Good luck with them.

    LindaSonia

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  6. I love the story of how they tip over and sleep. They are so cute.

    Roberta Anne

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  7. I'm so jealous!! We decided to wait one more year for our chickens. We want to build a really nice coop first.

    They are so sweet !

    Jen

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  8. They are the sweetest chicks ever. I had little chicks and ducks when I grew up and I too named them. The sun was shinning here today and I was so happy to see it. Have a wnderful weekend my friend...m..

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  9. I want some chickens too. I'm afraid the dogs might like them a little too much. Mimi

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  10. Hi Kathleen,
    These little sweeties are just too adorable! You're so lucky that you can have them in your yard. I love the idea about the picket fence.
    Patricia :o)

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  11. So cute! And such good eggs they will lay. Hope you will let us see them again as they grow. And your garden. ~Adrienne~

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  12. Peep! They are sooo cute! My neighbor has what seems like 100 of them but probably more like 50+. She lets hers run free. I love to stop and look at them when they are close to the road. I can't help but to roll down the window and say "Chick, chick, chick". hehehe I know my neighbor thinks I'm nuts! hahaha My husband doesn't want to get any farm animals. I wouldn't mind a few but I don't know what I would do about them when we go on vacation.
    Thanks for sharing those cute pictures!
    Hugs,
    Angela

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  13. They are sooooo adorable! Make sure you show us pictures of the pretty eggs they will lay!
    xoxo
    Penny

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  14. Those chicks are so sweet looking! The 12 yr old neighbor boy is in love with them??? HECK! I'M in love with those little darlings! They are soooooo cute! Enjoy your fresh eggs eventually! :)

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  15. Oh my gosh, they are just the cutest fluffiest things! How funny that they fall over asleep like that. They sound so entertaining!

    Can' wait to see your chicken coop!

    Manuela

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  16. I really want to throw a huge tantrum, first of all because I don't get to see the chicks, and second, because when I was little, you didn't let me name them :(. But I won't throw a tantrum, because I love you. :) xoxoxoxo

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  17. Those are the cutest chickens ever!

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  18. I would love to have some sweet chicks...what a wonderful thing to be able to raise them!

    Love,
    Sue

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  19. I didn't know you had baby chicks ...how cute! Now I want chickens! I just went online to check out my zoning and I can have chickens for non-commercial use.
    I'm so going to look into this! How fun would that be to have chickens?

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  20. swoon...
    they are SO adorable.

    xo,
    Kim

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  21. Like Kim....I am swooning! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    How wonderful it will be to have them clucking around in your yard. And the eggs.....yummo!

    xo
    Becky

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  22. oh my goodness how PRECIOUS!! my DH and i have been wanting to raise chickens for a few years now! Thank you so much for sharing your SWEET babies! Have a WONDERFUL day!! :)

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