Meet the Chicks!

by Amy

No recipe for these girls! They are strictly for laying eggs. Some may want to use them for other purposes, but I simply cannot do that.  They are too much fun and I get way too attached to my feathered friends to eat anything that isn’t in “egg form”. 😉

I know, I know, chickens from the store are also chickens, but they weren’t my chickens.  I didn’t know them personally, so it’s less difficult to think about.  Call me strange, but I can’t eat an animal I’ve talked to.  (I know, I’m weird.) 🙂

Anyway, I had great intentions of taking pictures of them each week to document how fast they grew, but as always time got away from me.  I did take a few photos at the beginning, although they are of very poor quality.  Here are a couple.

  

 

 

 

 

 

And here are some I took at the end of July.  The chicks, as I still and will always call them, are exactly 9 weeks old in this picture.  So hard to believe they grow so fast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, here are some close-ups from just a few weeks ago.  They’re getting bigger and looking even more grown up.  They’re such good chicks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Except when they try to come up on the porch. Yes, chick, I’m talking about you! She may look innocent, but after several hose washings of the porch, it’s not so cute any more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, I just wanted to share that at the wee age of 4 months and 3 weeks, we just received our very first egg! Saturday was the big day! And it was exciting!!! The hens weren’t sure what was going on, but I knew.  The extra clucking and stewing that went on in the hen house that morning was a sure sign that an egg was coming.  And I was right.  Here’s a picture of it in the box. 🙂  And here’s one comparing it to a quarter and a typical, large egg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s so tiny, but we’re proud of it just the same!  It will be a while before they start laying full size eggs, but that’s okay.  At least “they are finally earning their keep”, according to the hubster. 🙂

We have since gotten 3 more eggs in the last 5 days.  All small, but still a good sign that the girls are going into production mode. 🙂 I can’t wait.  I’m sure I’ll be bombarded with an over abundance of eggs once all the girls start laying, but that’s fine with me.

 

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Robin Givens October 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Congrats on the eggs, sis! That’s hysterical that they get up on the porch! Can’t wait to see them and feed them more clover!

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Amy October 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hysterical when they are just sitting on things…not pooping on everything! I’ve already had to spray down the porch, twice, and blockade them from even coming up the steps. Chicks are no longer allowed on the porch. And they have officially found (and LOVE) the butterfly bed. Not good. 🙁 They are such naughty birds!

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stephanie December 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Aren’t they so precious when they’re babies? You have some beauties! Tick Tock looks like an Araucana mix I had, but yours has much more exotic looking feathers. Congrats on the eggs!

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Dj August 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi Amy,
I just stumbled on your page and then couldn’t stop reading!!! We have chickens too, and if we leave the front door open, they will find their way in! I have one in particular that will come to the porch and jump on my lap if I’m just sitting there reading. Who would have thought that chickens have a personality!!

Congrats on your new baby! I saw that your cookie store isn’t up and running yet, so I hope that just means many sleepless nights (as babies tend to cause).

Love your blogs!
D
P.S. We are in the “country” too – have you found anything to repel the #^$%%# (blankety-blank) squirrels?

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Amy August 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Hi DJ,
Yes, those pesky chickens tend to reek havoc on anything and everything. None of them have ventured into our house yet, but if they did, it would probably be their last adventure! We have managed to keep them out of the gardens with a couple motion-censored sprinklers. They aren’t 100% effective, but they haven’t destroyed anything yet, so I call that a win for us. 😉

As far as the squirrels go, we don’t have a problem with them because there are plenty of nut trees around to keep them occupied.

And yes, the cookie/cake business is still on hiatus. I’ve done a few things here and there, but I’m just enjoying spending all this time will our little girl. Luckily, she’s a good sleeper, so most nights aren’t too bad. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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