Monday, April 30, 2012

baby chicks take two!

Well, we picked up our newest little ladies this past week.  What a difference it is to see these day old chicks next to our 3 week old ladies.  They change very quickly!  The new ones we got are Easter Eggers.  I figured it would be fun for the kids to go out and find blue and green eggs.


I love the way these chicks look.  They have the most amazing markings, which is the complete opposite of our other chicks, which seem to be all white.  When we bought the first batch of chicks, we weren't entirely sure which breeds we got, but it almost seems like they are all going to be that classic white chicken.  Not that I mind, they are still very friendly, yet a tad afraid of the new chicks.


We were certain that the larger ones would scare the new babes to death, it turned out to be the other way around.  As soon as the bigger ones saw the little ones they started trying to get away from them.  It was really funny!  We have them in two very large box type brooders next to each other.  They can't see each other, because the sides are solid, but they stand and chirp at each other all day.


The chirping!  That is another thing.  The first batch, quiet as anything.  I couldn't figure out why people had left comments about how loud they thought the chicks were.  I was patting myself on the back for getting quiet ones.  Well, then Matt brought home the newest ones, and they are LOUD.  Seriously loud.  I think it is mainly one, and I think she might be calling for her mama, because as soon as Emma or myself get within viewing of the box, she quiets right down.  Which of course makes Emma want to sit next to the box all day long :-)


All of the chicks seem to be healthy and happy, so that is good.  Now we just need to work on getting the coop built.  We have some scrap wood coming, and hopefully we (meaning Matt) will figure out how to build a coop pretty quick.  I think that in the next couple of weeks our older ladies are going to be too big for their box, and will need to move outside.


I'm linking up at the Barn Hop and Rural Thursday!

16 comments:

  1. I love them. I am sure the chirping would drive me nuts. It probably sounds like Milo's whining!

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    1. Most of the day it doesn't bother me, it is mainly when they start chirping loudly right after I get my kids down for a nap...that is slightly annoying :-)

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  2. Cute chicks! We've got some new ones too-Loud ones but so cute you don't mind.

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  3. So pretty! Our chicks are teenagers now and don't look nearly as cute. But it won't be long until they fill out and are beautiful!

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  4. Baby chicks are so fun! Good luck with the coop! Will be interested to see what Matt comes up with. :)

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  5. How sweet! and exactly what i like to read right now! my hens laid their first egg on Sunday (and seeing that one of the females i bought is crowing loudly, we might have chicks soon too).
    thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment on my raspberry cupcakes. got me to visit you. i like what i see and am following you now with gfc. would be honored if you would like to follow back, but no hard feelings if not :-)
    love
    jutta

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  6. They are so cute! we use to get baby chicks when I was little, I remember them being so warm! x

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  7. Oh, I love baby chicks. My daughter spent many hours being the momma hen when ours were just little chicks.

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  8. Oh, they are too cute!!!!! We are hoping to get chicks next spring, since this spring we have a new baby and our hands are full. I love hearing about other people's experiences with them!

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  9. SO cute! So glad you were able to get them and hope that coop gets built soon! :)

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    1. I'm not going to lie, I am slightly concerned about building the coop, and when that may be done :-)

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  10. Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays, Heather! :)

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  11. How funny that your first batch was quiet. Wonder if it was just the breed?

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  12. Awww... so cute. I just put my first batch of chicks in their coop a few days ago. They grow unbelievably fast! I frantically worked on my coop for six weeks and finished it just in time. Their Rubbermaid bin was closing in on them :-O

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  13. Cute chickies! Good luck on the coop. Check out www.backyardchickens.com for designs and tips.

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