(Well, we hope they're all girls).
We have acquired three new chicks. We still have Betty, from our first flock, and we love her lots, but we wanted to start fresh with a few new girls. There's a Buff Orpington, the same kind which turned out to be a male last time, so we're watching out. There are also two New Hampshire Reds, which look a lot like our late Penny, the Rhode Island Red we just lost a few weeks ago. We haven't named them yet, but I have a feeling it will be harder than last time. The small Bears are much more opinionated now. So far, I've heard votes for Ginger II (the Buff Orpington), and Cheetah. I'd love to stick with old-lady names myself. We'll see. We were so eager to get some new girls. It would be really nice to have eggs again, and who doesn't love baby chicks? If you want to feel like spring is really here, get yourself some newly-hatched chicks.
We tried to improve on what we did last time for their incubator. The Bear built a really nice removable lid with a wood frame and chicken wire (last time, we used a plastic grate from a box fan - we hadn't anticipated all the climbing and flying and needed something in a hurry). The box has a clever little wire holder in one corner to hold their water dish stationary, so that the new babes can't tip it over eleventy times a day like the previous babes did. Just to be safe, we also added a few rocks to the dish to weigh it down. The basking light didn't stay on top of the lid for long; they were too warm under it and we found them huddling in the shadow of the feeder. We ended up putting it on a pole like last time; not everything in the new plan was better.
Honestly, I really enjoy having them in the kitchen for the few weeks until they're ready to go in the coop. They're very busy and they're noisy, but in a cute way. I've noticed that they really perk up when the dishwasher is running, suddenly chirping and cooing a lot more. They're singing to the dishwasher, I think. I'm a pretty big fan of the dishwasher myself, so I get it. I'm so excited to see what they'll be like as they grow, and how they'll do with old Betty. I never dreamed of becoming a chicken person, but here I am - total chicken person!
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for my Winter Project Link Party so far! It's the last one for the winter season, so please feel free to join in if you haven't already (the party closes late on Saturday). I've been really sick for nearly a week with a nasty flu-like bug (seriously, don't catch this illness, it's brutal). I'm slowly getting well and am looking forward to visiting your posts soon!