Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Down to a pair.

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We’re basically starting over with chickens. A few weeks ago, one flew over into the dog pen, and the dogs play with her too hard, and the same day two others were killed by something else. I have two left – Browning and my rooster.

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I haven’t been letting them out too much lately because their new favorite spot is the front yard for every stray dog to walk by and see them. I hate that, but I’d rather have the two than to have to start completely over.

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So Friday, Blair and I took a field trip to get more chickens. Since I’m not doing the adult thing again (see lessons learned), I had planned to go back to the feed store where I got the chicks last year. In addition to his regular stock I could choose from, the owner had also special ordered some Welsummers for me and Linsey. Our roosters are Welsummers, and she only has one hen, and I don’t have any at all. It turned out that he didn’t get the chickens, and since I had told Blair that we were getting them, I took her to Tractor Supply. She was so excited, and I didn’t want to disappoint her again. (We went to get them last week, and he had not gotten them then either – something about the hatchery delaying the order.) Blair had been talking about getting new “baby chickens” for two days. So we were getting baby chickens. I didn’t care what kind they were!

 

They didn’t really have exactly what I would have wanted, but we got something I think we’re going to really like. They had “assorted” red pullets, which is random breeds of red hens. I picked three of those because all of the red breeds lay often and lay big eggs. The featured breed was the Giant Cochin. I didn’t know what they were, but I thought they were pretty, and Blair wanted the “wewo” ones. Lucky for me because I would rather have buff than black! So we got three buff Cochins.

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Blair was so excited to get them out at home. We put them in a box, and she kept saying, “hey chicken!” She demanded that they drink, but they didn’t seem to want to mind.

025High tech chicken housing – on my dining room floor, in a wipes box under a light clamped to my fake fichus tree.

028The red striped ones are Sex Links or Red Stars.

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The cochins are neat looking – with feathers down to their toes! They are not know to be really good layers, but they are supposed to be really sweet, so I hope they will let Blair handle them when they are older.

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Aren’t they sweet?! Below is what the adult hens look like.

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They’re in there chirping away on the dining room floor – lets hope they all make it!

I’m still planning to get some others. I need a cushion in case I lose some! And I don’t think we could have enough eggs around here!

5 comments:

LoganW said...

Cute little chicks just in time for Easter! I love that they come in a box....kinda like the kind you get donut holes in! LOL!

mountain mama said...

we love all those kinds of chicks ~ hoping for better luck this time!!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I'm so trying to talk Rhett into letting us get some chickens, but I am kind of scared our dogs would mess with them.

Amy said...

great pictures! love seeing blair with those chicks - too cute!! btw, i love the new pic of blair on your sidebar - she is precious!! her smile literally lights up her entire face :)

Sarah said...

baby chiks! What fun! Always get the chik urge along with Spring Fever