Lesson 1021 – Babies, babies, babies

Last Thursday I got a call. Our local feed store had gotten someone else’s shipment of 900 chicks and because you can’t return chicks in the mail, they had to move them out of the store quickly. I was on the list that was supposed to get 9 chicks the following week, could I possible come down and take some of these?

Does a chicken poop in the coop?

Apparently our feed store doesn’t really know me (or maybe they do and that’s why I got the call.) “How late are you open?” I asked. “For another half hour,” was the reply. I grabbed Addy and Emma, a cardboard box and we got into the car to go save some chicks.

They had tubs and tubs of chicks. All full of fluff and all doing that baby chick squeaking thing. Originally I had signed up to get 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Bared Rocks, and 3 New Hampshire Reds. They had some that I had ordered and they also gotten other breeds that hadn’t been listed in the order form.

We picked out 3 of the Rocks and 3 of the Orpingtons, the Reds were not in yet, and as a backyard flock owner in New Hampshire, I decided that I needed a few to round out my flock, so I decided to wait for those to come in.

I’d take 6 for now.

But then the girls went over to the Araucana tub. If you aren’t familiar with Araucana chicks, they basically look like feathered chipmunks. We’ve had a few over the years and even I have to admit that they make adorable chicks.

Please mom. Please. Oh pleeeeeeeeeease.

If you’ve read more than two of the posts on this blog, you’ll know where this is heading. I came home with 9 chicks (and I’m still waiting for the Reds.)

Right now they live in a tub in the middle of our den. Pippin, who, by this time, is an old pro at chicks, merely gave each chick a good sniff and lick and let her be on her way.

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My girls on the other hand, had found new playthings. Nothing and I mean nothing will tear you kids away from the electronics like newborn chicks will.

Unfortunately I had to leave for the weekend but I left instructions for the girls and my husband to take photos. Lots of and lots of photos.

Chicks, they grow up so quickly.

At my conference, I kept getting pings of new photos (which I didn’t mind a bit.) Trust me, you are going to be seeing a lot of cute pictures in some upcoming posts. For now, though, we’ll start with this little beauty.

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Oh, I do so love chick season.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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5 responses to “Lesson 1021 – Babies, babies, babies

  1. My boyfriend keeps asking me about raising chickens. I love them and enjoyed them a lot when I had a flock years ago, but they are such a responsibility so I have earnestly been trying to convince him we don’t need any. If I keep reading your articles, we’ll end up with coop by summer.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Cindy,

      I heard someone this weekend when asked how much work it takes to manage an established flock, he replied with: “about as much work as it takes to manage a pet rock.”

      Sure chicks take a little bit of (joyous) time, but once they are transitioned to the coop, other than food, water and egg gathering, they can take up as much or as little time as you’d like.

      I say go for it.🙂

      Wendy

      On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:

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  2. Lucy B.

    Wendy, my husband brought home 6 more chicks a few weeks ago (we already have 8 established ladies) and they are now at the first gangly, awkward stage. I just LOVE the baby Araucanas — you’re exactly right in your description of them: baby chipmunks! We’re having fun with the babies and are looking forward to this next chapter of raising them. I think this is my husband’s favorite part.🙂

  3. jesusfuckingchristwhydoeseveryusernameexist

    Aw so cute! Specially the picture where the dog are looking at the little one🙂 Congratulations with your new ‘babies’ !

  4. Oh my gosh they totally do look like little chipmunks! What a great description!
    Can I ask a question, I was told by a friend that there are hens that lay eggs that are a lavender colour, would you happen to know what they are? At this time of year when you Google something like that you end up with a bunch of decorated eggs for Easter lol.

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