Thursday, March 9, 2017

New girls






(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!

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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!

29 comments:

  1. so sorry you have been sick, that is so hard!!! those chicks look so cute! I am glad you have them!!! Such a blessing! Hope you feel fully better soon!

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  2. Oh those chicks! They are just adorable and have regenerated my desire for chickens, which I had succesfully squashed for a while! How wonderful to look forward to fresh aggs from your own hens X

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  3. They are so so cute, we loved having chickens. Hope your nasty bug is on its way out xx

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  4. Sorry you've been ill Jennifer, there seem to be a lot of bugs around at the moment. I do hope you're all better soon. Love the chickies and the idea of them singing to the dishwasher, adorable. Chicks remind me of when I was little and I used to go to a big department store in the city where they had an incubator with loads of chicks. Look after yourself Jennifer. CJ xx

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  5. Oh, they are so cute! What fun to watch them growing up. Get well soon and take it easy x

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  6. Aww, the chicks are so cute! It'll be fun to see them "grow up" on your blog again. I hope each day finds you growing a bit stronger. Be well!

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  7. Aww the chicks are so sweet. Sorry to hear you've been unwell. I hope you feel a lot better really soon.

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  8. So cute! I'm glad that Betty will have company again. I know what you mean about old lady names, they really seem to suit chickens. Hoping that you get better soon. xx

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  9. They are cute! I hope they really are girls this time. :)
    Sorry you've been sick. :(
    I saw some socks the other day for chicken lovers. They were knee high and were made to look like chicken legs. The foot part even had looked like a chicken foot. Too funny!

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  10. Look forward to enjoying seeing your little chickens get bigger and eventually lay eggs. Lucky you all are xoxo

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  11. I'm so sorry that you're still unwell. There is so much crud going around this year. The chicks are so sweet and it will be fun to watch them grow. I like the old lady names myself. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. So cute chicks.. you will experience special moments with them! I hope for you they are girls.
    Oh, I also would like to have some little chickens around, in my kitchen, but my apartment is really small and it is not possible to keep any animals here. You're lucky!

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  13. Baby chicks are one of the cutest things ever. Followed quickly by maturing chicks, which have to be one of the saddest things ever with those pin feathers starting to poke out. :-)

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  14. Oh this reminds me of when we used to hatch chicks at school. They probably don't do this anymore because of Health and Safety concerns but it was the most fun for the children to see eggs developing into fluffy chicks. At some point during the Easter holidays the chicks would be transported to the farm and join the other free range chickens. Hope you feel better soon Jennifer.

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  15. Those chicks look cute, I keep my fingers crossed they are all girls. Hope you get over your bug soon Jennifer, you have been unwell for a while, poor you. Look after yourself. xx

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  16. Those chicks look so cute....it must be very interesting for you and the children watching them grow! I hope they are all girls! Happy weekend, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  17. Aww...look at your cute little chicks!! I know your kiddies are excited.

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  18. Ahhh little chickens! I hope all goes well and they get on with Betty. And I hope you're feeling much better very soon. Have a good weekend. S x

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  19. Aw! Such cute little girlie girls! I bet the kids are in heaven!

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  20. Our chickens have laid eggs all through winter with a few days missed here and there but we love having chickens, such great useful pets. Good luck with the names! Jo xx

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  21. They are so cute and it will be very interesting to see how they develop in looks and personality. You must all be so excited!

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  22. Ah, the joy of new chicks, enjoy!

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  23. Is there anything more springish that chicks? Just adorable, and I love how you write about them. It will be interesting to see their personalities emerge over time. I also love the hum of the dishwasher - I associate it with walking away from a clean and tidy kitchen. :-)

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  24. Nothing wrong with being a Total Chicken Person :) They are adorable, and I'm so pleased for the young Bears that they have the joy of new pets, right on Springtime too!

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  25. So hope you are feeling better. Little B has been ill too, he has lost weight and has coughed up a lung. Love the new chicks.

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  26. Hope you are feeling better Jennifer ive had it too and it's awful. Love the baby chicks, can't wait to watch them grow. :) xx

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  27. Was just watching videos yesterday about permaculture. One guy has his garden set up mandala style, with circles laid out that are planted differently based on their position. The way that they prepare the circular bed for planting is by housing chickens in there for a while. The chickens till the land by scratching away, eating up the bugs and the weeds and fertilize the area with their droppings. I'd never heard of that before but thought it was brilliant. :)

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  28. Awww, they're adorable and nothing says spring more than chicks. I hope they all turn out to be girls this time. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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