Thursday, February 21, 2008

We have baby chicks!!

We are now the proud adoptive family of four two-day-old chickens -- two Buff Orpingtons and two Black Australorps. Aren't they adorable?!

We are all totally in love. The boys and I picked them up this afternoon. We haven't decided on names yet. "Blackie," "Vampire," "Shadow," "Buffy, and "Goldie" are all possibilities the boys have come up with.

The feed store didn't get Wyandottes in this week, so we'll go pick out three more chicks next week. Probably two Silver-Laced Wyandottes and a New Hampshire Red. I planned for six, but there's a chance we'll end up with at least one male because sexing is only 90 percent accurate. So, I'm doubling up on the breeds I like best, and adding a seventh chick just in case we have to sell a noisy cockerel (young rooster) in a couple months.


Tammy said...

Wow, that is very cool!! And, what are your plans for them?

Amanda said...

Um, to let them grow up and be happy chickens! :) We'll start building a big coop in the backyard this weekend, hopefully. So when it's warm enough and/or they have their feathers, they can be outside. They should start laying eggs in about four months.

Anonymous said...

We are going to get our babies in April. Please post their progress and how you all care for them. We are just learning this process and still trying to figure out what kind of coop we want to build. We are only zoned for 3 hens. So, needless to say, I don't think our coop has to be that big.


Amanda said...

Hi! I'll add some more photos and another post later today (God willing). Did you see my first chick post with all the links?

Becoming Me said...

Very cute! We had baby ducks when I was a little girl. So cute. How awesome that you will soon have your own antibiotic free eggs. Yummo! Angela

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