Friday, March 16, 2012

Chicks


 The yellow chicks John brought home a week ago as future additions to our aging laying flock seem to be turning into white chickens instead of the various breeds he'd been told they were.  In fact, we're not sure if they're layers at all -- they may be Cornish Rock broilers. So, back to the chicken store. . .

where we purchased some Partridge Plymouth biddies . . .

 
Cute little guys . . .  


   And though the first batch are twice their size, the new guys seem to be fitting in. . . literally.

Meanwhile the old girls are enjoying their freedom. They'll have to be confined to the chicken yard when we begin to plant the garden.
 
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14 comments:

Ms. A said...

Awwww, look at the little cuties! You aren't going to broil the first batch, are you? Never mind, don't tell me, I don't want to know! I love to eat chicken, but I couldn't if I had to look it in the eye first.

Martin said...

A Cornish Rock Broiler, sounds like an ageing, west country, groupie.

Joan said...

Gorgeous! Chickens in the garden? Such memories of life when I lived on the farm.

Brian Miller said...

aww they are all so cute....so if they are not layers, they will be dinner right?

Kath said...

We were in Tractor Supply for the whole corn for the gazillion turkeys who panhandle in our yard and both neighbors. We heard the peeping and immediately dawdled over their pens. How long do the chicks stay under the warming lights?

Frances said...

Vicki, your chicks are adorable little peepers. I laughed at the idea that the Tractor Store sells chicks, and then thought a while. Well, of course, the Tractor Store would sell chicks.

I'd also like to tell you that your telling of the lady and the magnolia tree was very beautifully done. Even without the fine photos, I could have seen it all through your words.

Best wishes.

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

Baby chicks! I remember one early spring when we had 2,000 of them in shipping boxes in the dining room! A late snow storm made it impossible to get them on up to the brooder house and we were stuck with them for 24 hours or so. I don't think my Dad could have afforded them at $1.99 each, though. Jim

Kristen Haskell said...

I wish we could have chicks but I am fortunate enough to purchase my eggs from a woman who does. The eggs are amazing. Happy chickens -delicious eggs.

Deanna said...

I had no idea Tractor Supply sold chickens?!? I wonder if ours does... They are so cute. I need to visit son soon and see how his are doing.

Have a great day. Spring is in the air!

NCmountainwoman said...

Those little biddies are so cute! Do you have any ducks?

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

This is cute... Reminds me of my Lola's poultry... Awesome!

JJRod'z

fyi, lola means grandma to Filipinos.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

There is such a charming character to little chicks. Like the color combination you ended up with -- yellow ones and brown ones.-- barbara

Vicki Lane said...

You're absolutely right, Martin!

Yes, Brian. Dinner. Nature red in tooth and claw, as Kipling (?) said.

Kath -Till they're feathered out -- around three weeks. And depending on the weather. Plus the light gets raised up a bit every few days so they get accustomed to less heat.

Kristen -- there really is a difference. The yolks of store bought eggs are pale compared to homegrown.

No ducks, Mountainwoman. We have a pond but now and then there are snapping turtles in it -- a very bad combination with ducks.

Vagabonde said...

We used to have chicks in our backyard barn when our daughters were growing up. They had names for each chicken and it was hard in winter to stop them from taking them to their rooms. Little chicks are so precious. I enjoyed looking at your chick photos.