Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Chicks Are Here!


 Guess what arrived today?


 Ten perfect, precious little chicks.


 Needless to say, it has been a very exciting day for the girls.  Jillian hasn't wanted to leave their sides for one second... these cute little yellow ones are her favorite.  Of course we had to take them outside this evening for a little photo shoot! 


 These will (hopefully) all be laying hens and they are all Heritage Breeds.  I was going to place our order online, but several of the breeds we wanted were back-ordered.  I then called our local Co-Op, who were so friendly and helpful. They placed a special order so that they would all arrive at the same time. 


 I ordered two each of Araucana, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, and Black Australorp.  This sweet little one is an Araucana, who will lay colored eggs. 


 I love that each is a little unique and I know we'll have a blast watching them grow up. Right now we're working on some names... if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear! 


 In the span of six months we went from zero pets to an exuberant poodle pup, a stray cat that adopted us, an indeterminable number of kittens (indeterminable as said cat had them in a tree) and now ten chicks.  Such fun times!

(And I promise I'll share our chicken house soon... it's almost finished!)

52 comments:

  1. Andrea, they are darling! I love the breeds you picked out...I think all of those are great layers. Wait until you have all of the fresh eggs!! I am excited to see your coop, too :).

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    1. Thanks, Julia! My hope is that they are good layers and friendly with the girls. :-) I can't wait until we have the fresh eggs!

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  2. OH, these pictures are SO good! Love the one of the chick on Justus's boot! :-) Did you get some pictures after Rosey went to bed?! I don't see her little hands! Love those cute little cheepers. Brings back memories of when you were little with your first chicks! ~ Mom ~

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  3. So Cute!!! Looking forward to being part of their growing up!!
    Mary Alice

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  4. Aaaaaaaw, so cute! You guys are going to have so much fun!

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  5. Adorable! Fabulous photography as usual!

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  6. Those chicks have found themselves a nice home. They're going to be so good for your daughters to watch grow up and be so much more connected to a food source. They are so cute!

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  7. I want to kiss them all on the lips.
    xoxo
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway

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  8. Oh my goodness, they're adorable!

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  9. This is fabulous! I LOVE my four girls. Could not imagine my life without them now. Our girls names...Lucy, Olivia, Lily and Hillary :) Enjoy!

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  11. Somehow my comment posted twice! And Now there are 3 in a row. LOL, sorry!

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  12. So darling! My mom had Buff Orpingtons as a girl so someday I am going to have some. I have a friend who named all her chicks with "H" names like Harriet, Helen, Henrietta :)

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  13. Those are so cute! I know your girls will enjoy watching them grow up! Precious!

    Judy

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  14. So cute, and fabulous photos. You're on your way to a regular menagerie there! Just as it should be when you live in an old farmhouse. :)

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  15. What a grand adventure for you and the kids!

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  16. How great is that! Those darling little chicks. They are all so pretty - the girls are going to have a ball with them.And what fun names you can give them Henny penny, Suzie Q, just a few that I remember from my child hood.
    Happy Mothers Day.
    Mary

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    1. Those are such sweet names... love them! Thank you.

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  17. The chicks are adorable and your girls are going to so benefit from that experience. Between your new chicks and the "laying girls" at a B&B we visited last week (Red Cardinal in Carlisle, PA), I'm thinking maybe some hens could be in my future - maybe it's a sign! Am anxious to see your henhouse - that's key to success.

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  18. Those fluffy little chicks are adorable! How much fun your girls will have watching them grow up!

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  19. So exciting! Those little babies are precious. I would love to have chickens one day, although we live in the city, I'm a country girl at heart :) I think names of flowers would be so sweet, like Petunia, Lily, Rose, Peony...
    I know the girls are thrilled with all of your new fury friend additions.

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    1. I love the idea of using flowers as names... and I think Jillian will love it too. :-) Thanks so much!

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  20. Beautiful photos! They even make me want to run out and get some chicks! And believe me, I don't really want chicks. :-) I will enjoy living vicariously through you.

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  21. Oh my goodness gracious, they're SO cute! I can only imagine how over the moon the girls are about them! Have fun!

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  22. Awww, they are really cute. We are working on adding chickens to our little farm too. We only have Kinder goats right now. Since we adore the beach, but no longer live at the coast, we have named our goats after beach names.(Different areas with each kidding.)
    You could pick your favorite piece of literature and name after the characters.

    Your blog is sweet refreshment. Glad I found you. :-)

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  23. Baby chicks are so cute! I can't wait to see them grow.

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  24. Oh, I had another idea for names. Since you got your chicks right around Mother's Day. You could name them after famous mothers you admire. (Like Martha - for Martha Washington, for example.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the ideas... they are so fun!

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  25. They're so adorable! My dad had chickens for awhile and they have such unique personalities. I would name them as they grow so you can see their unique qualities emerge!

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  26. Oh those are cool little guys we are thinking of getting some here think our boys oils enjoy it haven't decided yet !!! Have a wonderful day

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  27. The baby chicks are precious! I know you're all so excited to get them. I've been begging for chickens forever, but Hubby still hasn't given in. You'll have to name one Henrietta! xoxo

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  28. Congrats on the baby chicks! They are so sweet. I bet the kids are loving them right now. It will be fun to pick out names. You should watch the movie "Chicken Run" to get some ideas of cute chicken names. Your kids would probably love that too.

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  29. The guy at my feed store told me not to name them . . . just in case. So, we ended up with "non-names" like Black One, White One, Red One. Since you have two of each . . . Black 1, Black 2, White 1, White 2?

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  30. Cute as they can be. The girls will have fun and you will have lots to blog about now. Kittens in a tree? oh my...that's crazy.

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    1. I know... I couldn't believe she chose to have her kittens there of all places! I keep waiting for her to carry one down...

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  31. Yay! So excited for you guys! You will fall in love with them (if you already haven't). I got my first chicks nearly four years ago and now I can't imagine life without chickens and farm fresh eggs. Love your photos - they are all so adorable! Enjoy them while you can because they grow way too fast :)

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  32. Adorable!! How fun for the girls and you will be getting the freshest eggs!

    Cynthia

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  33. Amazing photos, but how can you go wrong with such beautiful, adorable little subjects! Best of luck with your new chicks.
    Claudia

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  34. So precious! You will be hooked before long :) our broody just hatched her babies a few days ago! It is sooooooo sweet watching her mother them. She raises them far better than we ever could. You should put Dominique's on your list of breeds next- they are wonderful birds and pre-date the barred rock. They are also the oldest American breed. Of course I'm a little biased!

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  35. What beautiful chicks & pictures both!! We have had layers for several years now & do love having our fresh eggs. Now that we've moved out "here" we've been able to sell all our extras. We couldn't seem to get buyers in our former area. This year we are trying fryers again, so got a new batch of chicks for that. Our dog that had appeared several years ago & adopted us disappeared several weeks ago, but our mama cat had kittens & so along with our 3 adults, we now have 4 babies. I love life in the country!
    (the cat having kittens in the tree is hilarious!)

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  36. I love the photos! I love chickens and some day I hope to get some too. :-)

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  37. We had chickens, here on our farm, several years ago. My children enjoyed them so much! I hope everything goes well!

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  38. How wonderful...they are so very cute and they are all so uniquely different...your girls just have to be over the moon excited over their new chicks...I so love the photos...they are so gorgeous and so very sweet!

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  39. Oh! They are just gorgeous! We are planning on start with three this summer. I know I can easily winter three but I can see myself instantly wanting more.

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  40. You'll love your chickens. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  41. YAY for y'all. You will love your chickens! We do and we sure do love our fresh eggs. Have fun with them!

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  42. My girls are playing with chicks too much right now. My 2 year old even sneaks them outside in her skirt! I have been trying to keep them safe: they can easily be tortured to death. Yet, so much fun! We got a terrarium for a visiting toad on our screened porch. The rule is that if a toad is found in the garden, she/he can visit for a day, then must be released in the evening to eat those bad mosquitoes:-)

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