Tag Archives: nesting birds

Lesson 1265 – Tiny miracles

Because I know this is something you’ve all wondered about – here is a photo of that abandoned House Finch egg compared to one of our standard chicken eggs. Pretty amazing, huh?

eggs

What I can’t for the life of me figure out is how a creature that small when born can ever survive. But they do. They sure do and then they follow that magic act by growing up and eventually flying off to live their own lives. Continue reading

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House

Lesson 1264 – Simplicity

After a few weeks’ of careful watching, I’ve figured out that our little House Finch Family has, as they say in the bird world, flown the coop. The parents and babies have moved on to greener trees.

We are getting ready for a graduation party around here (Go Logan) and so I decided that with the birds out of the nest, it was finally time to take down our Christmas wreath (and the sign warning people to BE QUIET!!!!) Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House

Lesson 1263 – Putting a chicken down

Warning: this post is about putting a chicken down using a killing cone. I know that this is not something everyone wants to read about so I’m putting a break here.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House

Lesson 1260 – The lot of the tiny ones

One of our new chicks died this weekend.

We knew it was coming. By Saturday night, she was wobbly and had difficulty standing. She wasn’t eating or drinking.

We knew it was coming.

We also had a pretty good idea of what was wrong with her.

She was a runt.

When my son went to get our new chicks he chose her because she was “so darn adorable.” And she definitely was adorable – all tiny and cute as a button.

But as her sisters started growing, this little one couldn’t keep up. Her wings grew, but her body didn’t, making it look like she was constantly dragging a coat around that was much, much too large for her.

I fear my kids have picked up my “save them all” philosophy. My son chose the tiniest chick because he wanted to give her a chance. He knew that if he brought her home she would be taken care of, fed, watered, played with, and protected.

He knew that although small, she just might make it if she came home to live with us.

To be perfectly honest, I would have done the same thing. I *have* done the same thing. Over and over. We’ve been able to save a few over the years.

But it’s tough, because often these end up being the chicks that don’t make it.

If you want strong healthy chicks, you pick the large, active, bright-eyed, chirping ones that scurry away from your hand. If you want your chicks to live, you stay away from the smaller, quiet ones.

You save those for people like me, who are willing to give them a chance, even knowing it’s very likely that instead of living, these little ones will only end up taking away a tiny bit of your heart with their passing.

IMG_20150509_135721090

***

 

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

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two.

Like what you read here? Consider subscribing to this blog so that you’ll never miss a post. And feel free to share with those who may need a little chicken love.

1 Comment

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House

Lesson 1254 – Mother’s Day with the flock

What a fun-filled Mother’s Day.

On Sunday I drove to Norwich to bring one of our chicks home for the summer. Alas, with that trip ends all of my “Good Year” jokes – my only consolation is that he may be living in Dodge dorm again next year so at least I can take up where I left off with the “Get out of Dodge” jokes.

Bye Norwich, it's been a good year.

Bye Norwich, it’s been a good year.

On the way I took a quick detour to Kind Arthur (did you really expect anything else?) one of the happiest places on earth for a mom. Didn’t do too much damage, a bowl, a mug, and a new chicken apron. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House

Lesson 1253 – It’s MORE baby chick(s)!!!!

Darling New Hampshire Red

Darling New Hampshire Red

They’re here, they’re here!

Our spring chicks have *finally* arrived! (I was having such chick envy every time I saw everyone else’s photos on Facebook.)

Last year we got 12 chicks and we only lost one, however, due to age (some members of our flock on coming up on 7 years), our neighborhood hawks, and a tough winter which took its toll, I found that our flock which normally hovers around 30 needed a little pick-me up. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House

Lesson 1252 – It’s a baby chick(s)!!!!

Big news in our household!

Remember when I put up this sign:

IMG_20150506_074607854

Because a family of House Finches had nested in this: (I know, I know, my bad for keeping up Holiday decorations well past the season) Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under All things chickens, chicken care, Chicks, Living Tiny in a Big House