New Chickens – 2015!

WE GOT OUR CHICKS!  WE GOT OUR CHICKS!  WE GOT OUR CHICKS!

Ear to ear smiles are going on around here!

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We were supposed to get them last week but sadly the bad weather on the east coast left more than 60,000 chicks STRANDED  in Memphis.  Our feed store, along with many others, did not get their shipment.

We were disappointed to say the least.

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And so a new countdown began.

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The time went fast, mostly because 2 days of it were ‘lost’ to a stomach virus, with supsequent days spent recovering and working.  Yes, I know, it IS hard to do both at the same time.  But ya know how it goes…… gotta buy that chicken feed!

Finally, a work week completed, a three day weekend begun, glorious weather cooperating and the feed store got the chicks!

All is right with the world!

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We got our Iowa Blue, our Rhode Island Red, what a cute little orange puff ball she is, and what else???? They have White Leghorns????

They didn’t tell me they were getting White Leghorns!

  I don’t have a White Leghorn.

Aren’t they the ones called egg-laying machines?  It WOULD be nice to have some white eggs mixed in our egg basket.

It’s only one more chick……

CHICKEN MATH STRIKES AGAIN!

Meet Ivy, Florence and Lily:

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This is Ivy,

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Florence

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Lily

 

 

I wrote about the Iowa Blue chicken in my last post.

Rhode Island Reds are very nice chickens too.  In fact the state of Rhode Island thought enough of them that they made them their state bird.  They have good temperaments and are good layers of brown eggs.

White Leghorns are the typical ‘factory farm’ chicken.  They are excellent year round egg layers and take to confinement and smaller spaces well.

The Iowa grandkids have already been over to see them.

carter with chicks

Carter checking out the baby ‘Bawk-bucks’.

The Illinois grandkids have pictures.

There is a whole lot of peeping going on around here!

They are happy and cozy under the new Brinsea EcoGlow radiant warmer for chicks that just happened to arrive Friday,  (as promised 2 day shipping).  After a ‘near miss’ with the heat lamp last year I think it is worth every penny to have peace of mind with the radiant warmer.  (NO, I don’t receive any compensation for plugging it)

chicken butt

What’s up chicken butt?

You can read about why a radiant heater is better than a heat lamp here:

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/02/brooder-safety-fear-heat-lamp.html

 I AM SO HAPPY WITH MY BACKYARD FLOCK!

My daughter says I need Chickens Anonymous but I don’t want to be cured!

  I now have a Buff Orpington, 2 White Orpingtons, a Barred Plymouth Rock, an Ameracauna, and a Black Sex Link as well as my new gals, the Iowa Blue, Rhode Island Red and White Leghorn.

I hope these adorable chick pics will inspire even one more person to start a backyard flock.  Chickens deserve to be in happy backyards, not in factory egg farms and YOU deserve to have the freshest and best eggs EVER!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Faust
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 12:19:07

    All I can say is Aaaaaah–your new babies are adorable as well as your grandson.

    WAIT, I thought of a question; if the Rhode Island Reds are named after the state (which thought enough of them to declare them the state bird) how did the BLACK SEX LINK get its name?

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  2. cfiegle
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 00:51:57

    Way too cute, but my husband said you should have named them Red, White and Blue! Looking into that heater too, although he swears what we have is fine.

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  3. slcriger
    Mar 14, 2015 @ 23:52:36

    how cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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