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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chicks Provide Hours of Entertainment

Everyday that the sun is out we take the chicks out to the back for some leg stretching and grass scratching. The are entertaining but we have to watch carefully. One flew out the other day and we have a scrub-jay with nest in our tree and it swoops down and lands on the plastic fence we have them in.

The best time was had today. Q was pulling up my spinach starts and holding them for the chicks who I think thought they were worms. They were going crazy and the hysterical laughter from my babe was the best. Her sisters came out so what all the laughing was about. Now this is a kid that is busy and doesn't sit long but she played with them for 90 minutes. They wore each other out.

Hmm. Interested in a whole our doggie keeps digging up.

Okay now lets all jump in. They are at the stage where one goes they all go hoping that they don't miss out on anything good.

Getting real feathers.

This is one of the barred rocks getting lots of feathers and variations in color.

I have one I fear seems masculine. I sure hope it's not the case. I am very attached to all four. Hate to have to get rid of one. See my post on my set up here and here.

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Now that really feels like Spring! They are just adorable. I would have to pull up a chair and watch!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Ok...this is going to really tell you how city I am, but if one is a boy why can't you keep him? I mean, aside from the mating they hurt the females??

Susanne said...

Baby chicks grow fast. I remember as a kid how we got a few and how we loved them. Then it happened.....oh no! They were gone, gone to live in the country with our cousins on their farm. It seems back in the day, my parents didn't have much tact for being aware of the trauma this caused us. So much for chickens, the next time I saw one was on a dinner plate! :(

Cindy said...

The chicks are adorable! I really want to get some, but I'm not sure we will. Hope I can talk my hubby into it!

It's All Connected said...

If you never got a single egg, it would be worth it for the experience your little one is getting! She's learning the food chain and gaining respect for how things arrive on our plate. Best of all, she's entertained! ~ Maureen

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

They sure a cute! Your little one looks like she was being so gentle with them.

~The Boyd Homestead Farm~ said...

Oh how sweet! Baby chicks are the best :) Barred rocks are neat looking, I have a few.. Thank goodness we live in the country, I have 5 roosters! I love the sound of them crowing, lol. Enjoy your little ones, they grow up fast, but they are a great source of entertainment for kids :D

hugs, Trish

Diana said...

Yep, they'll be getting to the awkward "teen" stage soon, and looking as funny as teens do sometimes.

Observing chickens is so fun, and you really learn about how many chicken related sayings we have -- and how they are so true! King of the roost, a bunch of hens cackling, henpecked . . . . Chickens are very much into groupthink, when they grow up together -- they go and do everything together in a clump. I hope I can find a couple to add to our flock when we get back from the beach later in May.

Cindy said...

They're growing so fast, so fun to watch them develop, isn't it. Your little one is so sweet, that she should enjoy them so much is lovely.
Hugs, Cindy

Olive Cooper said...

Q is too cute and she will learn so much having chicks!

Leslie said...

Gosh, they are growing so fast. I love that they were getting in the hole. Too cute.

Kris said...

They are looking great Elaine!

Gina said...

Such lovely ladies! Their feathers are coming in so nicely!

Ginger Zuck said...

Very cute. They are really growing. OH NO, say it aint so a HE!!? I would never get anything done if I had them! They are so CUTE!

Michelle said...

I will have to show Heidi your post. She just got chicks and would love this idea.

Teresa@Magazine Your Home said...

They are really growing fast, you can tell they must be happy. We thought all of ours were hens until one day I heard a crow, yep Martha turned into Martin :( After a while he became very territorial to the point that we had to protect ourselves with a shield (trash can lid) to keep him from getting us. It was sad but we had to give him away, we had to be able to get into the coop to clean, water, etc and he was having none of it. So hopefully your's are all hens.

ImSoVintage said...

The chicks are so adorable. Hope they are all girls so you don't have to get rid of one.

Hibiscus House said...

So cute I love baby chicks! You have some cute ones and the little doll baby playing with them is also adorable. Spring is here don't we love it?

Sam I Am...... said...

Aren't they just precious? I love them and your little one getting such a kick out of them...too cute, I can practically hear her giggling.

Leanne said...


I love Barred Plymouth Rocks. They are my favorite breed ever, but living the on a tiny urban lot, bantam Cochins are have worked out better for us, and I no longer keep big breeds.

Anyway, having raised my fair share of LF Barred Plymouth Rocks, I think you have pullets there. Look at the barring on the wings. When the black bars on the juvenile feathers on the wing bows are wider than white, they are almost always pullets. Wider white bars are the cockerels.

Best wishes with your new flock and coop!

Leanne at Hanbury House