Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

They crack me up how they just faceplant when they go to sleep.

This was a big moment when they were able to hop up onto the top of the feeder.

Oooo...first time outside!  The weather was finally warm enough to go out for a bit.  We found out the hard way that they are still small enough to squeeze through the x-pen bars.  They sure loved scratching around in the dirt though.

Monday, April 25, 2011

More chicks

We were originally planning to get 5 chicks, but we got 5 yesterday, and there is another store in town that carries them, so we went to look there too.  They had different breeds so we got 4 more chicks.  It was really hard not to get two of everything.

Today we got a Buff Orpington. Ameraucana, Barred Rock, and Rhode Island Red.

Here they all are in their brooder.  It didn't take us long to figure out that leaning the thermometer against the side like that isn't a great idea.  We found it laying down one day with a chick under it and thought we'd killed her, but she was fine.  

Someone had said they like to lay paper towels down on top of the shavings, but it just keeps the poo on top where they walk in it all the time, which is gross.

First Chicks!

Life has been very busy as we settle into our new house.  We've wanted our own flock for many years, but always lived in snobby communities where chickens were not allowed.  Now we can do whatever we want.  In addition to moving to a new house, I broke my arm a couple of weeks before we got the chicks, so haven't been very good about taking pictures as they grow.  Now they are about 4 weeks old as I'm starting this blog.

On April 1, we brought home the first 5 chicks.

There are 2 Golden-laced Wyandottes, 2 Black Sexlinks, and 1 Marans.