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Spring Has Sprung: Baby Chick Time!

I always know spring is upon us when my chickens go broody and the local feed store showcases their batch of precious baby chicks. And if you’re like me, you simply can’t come away without at least a couple of new or favorite breed of chicks.

This year I headed to Stockades with the idea of purchasing 8 new chicks. I’d heard they were selling a larger variety this year and I was looking forward to adding to my dwindled flock, however, when I got there it seems they’d added more varieties than I’d thought and so I ended up with 12 chicks, two from each group.

Buff Orpinton
Rhode Island Reds – “Ms. Tess” and “Red”

 

Buff Orpintons - Buttercup and Snow White
Buff Orpintons – Buttercup and Snow White

 

Cuckoo Marans - Baby and Fluffy Butt
Cuckoo Marans – Baby and Fluffy Butt

 

Ameraucanas - Cleopatra and Snooze
Ameraucanas – Cleopatra and Snooze

 

Red Sex Link - Daisy and Crazy Maisy
Red Sex Link – Daisy and Crazy Maisy

 

Black Sex Link - Black Beauty and Aunt Mae
Black Sex Link – Black Beauty and Aunt Mae

 

So, there they are, my new crew of babies. I took these pictures when they were a week old, they are now 4 weeks old. They each have their own personality and the majority of them are very social. I currently keep a heat lamp on them, allowing plenty of space for them to roam and explore, they have a pan of sand to bathe in but pretty much spend their time throwing it around, cheeping happily with life. I change their water twice a day and refill their food container daily. We have about 16 more weeks until they begin to lay which should give up a mixture of blue, green, pink, and dark brown eggs. Oh, and we’re also having a new coop and run built to house them all. I can’t wait to enjoy the new coop, grown chickens, and beautiful weather this summer!

 

Have you purchased any chickens lately? Any new farming plans for the future?

 

 

 

 

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