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Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'm In Love with a Chick

Here's Cole with his choice - a Speckled Sussex.

We're having way too much fun with our new baby chicks.

Emerson went with a Sussex, too. 

Mommy and Soli lovin' on a little Dominique. 

Evie chose a white Silkie. 

Soli and her black Silkie. 

Silkies grow up to be super fluffy with feathers on their feet.  And they're a bantam breed which means they'll be smaller. 

I let the kids choose from breeds that are known for being good pets and are known for being quiet.  This is a Speckled Sussex and she'll grow to be a normal size hen. This breed is also known for being good "layers". 

We ended up with 2 Speckled Sussexes, 2 black Silkies (like this one) and 1 white Silkie.  Because the Silkies are a Bantam breed they can't be sexed. So we may end up with a rooster (or two or three) which we'll have to find a new home for. Against HOA's. It is an URBAN Farm after all. 

Here are the girls making use of their doll slings from Guatemala. I'll give you one guess as to what they're carrying around. 
On my Urban Farm all pets are required to get along. Here's Zona meeting the Sussex twins.  Do you see the other one nestled under her chest? So stinkin' cute. And she didn't even try to eat them. 

Jett, on the other hand, was licking his chops immediately. See his tongue and how Dave is keeping his hand between it and the chickie?  He'll be so busted if he eats one of my chickies. Forget that whole "Circle of Life" thing. 

Soli and I enjoying our sunny farm. You can't really see them, but my little brood is cozied in behind my back. 

We've been taking our babes out to the garden to let them scratch amongst the veggies.  They're completely contained in the raised bed and they are so stinkin' cute pecking around for....I don't really know what they're pecking for. We have to keep them in a box with a heat lamp in the kitchen until they are a couple months old. So it's fun to get them out of their box and into the sunshine. Hopefully the dogs will be used to them by the time they are ready for the coop and to be "backyard chickens". 

And here's our newest addition to the family. We should have named him Rowdy.  Or Naughty.  

And it's a good thing he's so cute because he is Trouble with a capital T. 

Here he is "herding" Soli. It's hard to tell from the picture, but he's actually moving her with his body. He is a cattle dog after all. 


Jennifer said...

I think I might be in love now too. :) My husband would love chickens...I'm just not so sure. We have a good sized backyard, but part of it is taken up with our pool. He has 6 raised beds in the back and grows vegetables and some frutis every year. I love that! I'm just a city girl and think of chickens making such a mess. Now you have me rethinking it all.

Mama Booth said...

I was just thinking about you the other day. Wondering what your family has been up to. The kids are getting so BIG. I love the chickens!

Andy and Kiara said...

Oh, your chicks are SO cute! Like kiddos, enjoy them now, because they grow up too fast. Of course, unlike kiddos, they then start laying yummy and colorful eggs, which is tons of fun! Our kiddos check for eggs 10+ times per day. Okay, so maybe I do, too. :)

Angie said...

Yay for chicks! One of our hens rus up to me everyday when I go in the coop. She squats down so I will pet her. She is so sweet.

karen said...

hey chick! you'll have to let us all know how your chickens are working out--are they messy? still alive with the herding dog?

what's going on with this obsession? at least it's healthier than most of the other ones out there! :)

loved your mexico photos.

Laura said...

Oh...these are wonderful photos! Precious chicks!