Baby Chicks! 1

[pe2-image src=”http://lh3.ggpht.com/-9Wd7rAW2GDo/Uj0cclbXazI/AAAAAAAABbw/Kc_ez_kGFsc/s144-c-o/IMG_20130920_112814_885.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/113749325768518604662/NewChickens#5925923962098248498″ type=”image” alt=”IMG_20130920_112814_885.jpg” pe2_img_align=”left” ] Well the fact that chicks are babies is self-evident.  Yet, the title sounds cool anyway.

So here’s the post everyone is waiting for!  The facebook folks are chomping away at it ever since they were mentioned by my family.

The chicks arrived Friday.  Boy are they cute!  I’ve never raised chickens before so this is new for me.

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 My sister and her family came today to see the chicks.  K and e found them fascinating and loved holding the chicks (with help and supervision from an adult).  I didn’t get any pictures of them, but my sister did.  Check out their blog (read down a ways, this is a pretty long blog post and the chicks are a little over half way through it).

[pe2-image src=”http://lh6.ggpht.com/-tKaFNqqN2VA/Uj-kupHUjcI/AAAAAAAABes/CnnMf8qGEfE/s144-c-o/IMG_20130922_191240_643.jpg” href=”https://picasaweb.google.com/113749325768518604662/NewChickens#5926636755860360642″ caption=”The cutest chick of the bunch, but I don’t know what breed he is.” type=”image” alt=”IMG_20130922_191240_643.jpg” pe2_img_align=”right” ] I had planned to pick up some pullets (young female chickens) from the local feed store.  I had seen some earlier in the year (before I finished buying the property), but availability depends on local farmers and there haven’t been any for a while so I decided to go ahead and buy chicks.   I ordered 15 female and 2 male assorted chicks from Ideal Poultry.  They don’t always tell you what is in the assortment, but on my order they wrote down 8 Black Sex-linked, 4 Ideal 236 and 4 New Hampshire Reds (well they used abbreviations but these seem the most likely based on the abbreviations).  As you may have noticed that doesn’t add up to 17, so I don’t know what the 17th one is, but he’s the most interesting colors!

One comment on “Baby Chicks!

  1. Reply Lorelei Sep 26,2013 4:48 pm

    I can’t wait to see them!! My girls will be so excited, they no longer have any chickens at their dad’s.

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