Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hangin' with My Peeps

Our baby chicks were born on March 21st, and arrived (via mail!) on March 22nd. We've got pictures of the day-old chicks first, and then at the bottom of this post there's a link to a video of the chicks at 2 days and 2 weeks.

We tried to get chicks that would produce a variety of beautiful - and tasty - eggs. The Rhode Island Red, Silver Laced Wyandott, and Dark Brahma lay brown eggs. The White Leghorn lays white eggs, and the Araucanas lay blue and green eggs.

For the first day the chicks needed to be on newspaper, so they would eat their food (instead of their bedding). Newspaper is too slick for them to walk on for long, so after the first day we switched to pine bedding.

Sage (Araucana) and Thyme (Silver Laced Wyandott).

Cinnamon (Rhode Island Red).

Cayenne (White Leghorn).

Sage, Cardamom (Dark Brahma), and Cinnamon. Cardamom has feathers on her feet!

The flock - Sage, Cardamom, Cayenne, Rosemary, Parsley, Thyme and Cinnamon.

Sage stretching her legs.

Sage smiling for the camera.

If you'd like to watch a great video of the chicks at 2 days and then 2 weeks, click here:

They grow so fast!


Kathryn T. S. Bass said...

Love your blog! I'm wondering, how did you get your dog to be so good around the chicks? We've been thinking about getting some chicks of our own, but are worried about our two big dogs frightening the chicks -- or worse! Thanks!

US Recall News said...

Awwwww... Hey we got our two hens today! Well, they're both a year old but we just couldn't wait that long for eggs. After seeing these pictures though I might have to go for chicks next time.



Sundari Elizabeth said...

Kathryn --- our little Lucy is a very special dog, with a very sweet dispostion. Unfortunately I think she's more scared of the chicks than they are of her! Typically, though, I think that dogs need to be kept separate from chickens, as they can easily kill a flock. A little fencing should do the trick!
Everett --- many congrats on your hens!! That's so exciting. The chicks are very cute, but it is a bit more nerve-wracking raising them from babies.