Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chickens in the house

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We have six new baby chicks, and right now, they live in a cardboard box in the bathroom.  They are always scritching and scratching and cheeping and fluttering as they climb right over the tops of each other and land in the water dish, and the dog is having a total nervous breakdown.  She keeps dancing over to me, paws tippity-tapping, with a wild look in her eye, as if to say, “Something amazing is behind that door!!  Were you aware of this?  Because I just can’t even stand it!”  Poor thing, she’s completely losing her mind. 

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Their cuteness is completely devastating.  This one is a Buff Orpington, the only one of the six who isn’t frantic to escape me every time I put my hand down into the box.  She (I hope it’s a she, I’m having flashbacks now) wanders over to me, eyes up, neck outstretched, jumps into my hand, as the others are having a good panic and flapping like crazy.  She sits on my lap.  She helped me write this blog post, just now. 

My very favorite thing about living in the country is being able to have a few of these sweet creatures pottering around in my yard.  Chickens have kept my flowerbeds neat and my raspberries free of bugs.  They have clucked around in all weather, happy to scrounge around under the snow for the odd treat, impervious to rain.  When I step into the yard, they hustle right over to see whether I have a treat for them.  And the eggs are so beautiful.  Welcome, little girls.

29 comments:

  1. Yes, welcome girls!!! I agree with you!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

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  2. Too cute! Happy belated birthday btw. Sounds like a perfect day. x

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  3. They are so cute! I would love to have some chickens when we move. Do they not eat all your plants? Maybe you should train this little one to be a house chick!! Lily. xxx

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    1. They nibble at things like lettuce, but there's always plenty to go around. They'd rather eat bugs and worms, so they don't bother my plants too much.

      I do have dreams of keeping this one in the house, but with the dog? That would be chaos.

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  4. I'm a born and bred city girl, but you sure make owning chickens sound like fun. Enjoy your new little peeps.

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  5. I love getting a new batch of chicks this time of year! My three big girls are still plugging along, so maybe next year.....
    I went to the feed store on Monday and they had the chicks for sale out in the barn area, I was very tempted. They even had cute little ducklings and turkeys! (well, the turkeys weren't that cute, but it might be fun to raise a few!).
    Is it true that your not supposed to put the little chickens in with the older chickens right away? I always waited till my old flock had "flown the coop" before bringing in new ones. Have fun with your new babies!!!

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    1. I think turkeys would be fun, too!

      Our coop is empty at the moment, but I do think you're supposed to introduce new babies gently somehow, or they might fight? I don't know, I've never had to try that.

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  6. Love your little chicks! One of these days I might get brave and get some, but I've never had any so need explicit directions:)

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  7. Yea! I love my hens! I want a Buff Orpington!!!

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  8. They are gorgeous!!! Lucky you! We live in the country too but can't have chickens as there are too many birds of prey that would take them! lol xxx

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  9. Are they just the sweetest! And helping you blog,too!!!!! I think chickens are so beautiful, I would just love to have a few pecking around.
    Have a great day,
    Meredith

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  10. Aw - cute!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  11. I absolutely loved your description of your dog's reaction - hilarious!

    Hx

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    1. Haha, thanks! She's a basket case right now, and won't get her equilibrium back until the peeps move outdoors.

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  12. Welcome indeed! May you have many more of like company grace your lawn.

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  13. They are soooo cute! We would love to have some hens but it looks like we will have to move house first as some of the neighbours don't like the noise (a previous neighbour used to have them). A friend of the family have advised us not to have a cockerel in the brood as they are so noisy. Fresh eggs for breakfast every morning, how yummy! X

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    1. Aw, that's too bad. Unless there's a rooster, I can't imagine it's too noisy for anybody. Just a little clucking, which I think is a lovely sound. Well, must get along with the neighbors, I guess.

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  14. How sweet! We had some chicks at school a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately I couldn't take them home at the weekend as I have a springer spaniel and I know he would go absolutely crazy!!
    How long will it be before the new chicks will start laying eggs? Xx

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    1. They're supposed to start laying at around four months of age, so that would be [quick math] sometime in late August, I think. Fingers crossed they're all pullets, and no roosters! :)

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  15. Your description of the dog made me laugh aloud. I have a four legged baby that is just as expressive. Loved this post!

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  16. Love the dog description, I think my 2 westies would go nuts! a question I must ask is what happens to them when they stop laying? how long do you keep them, I couldn't eat them LOL so what would I do?

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  17. AWWWWWW! I love chickens! I had ordered some chicks last spring but found out my neighborhood forbids them :-( so I had to cancel my order. Someday I will have a farm AND CHICKENS!

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  18. I am so looking forward to the day that we can have a block of land and have chickens, pigs (love a roast pork!), beefies, loads more veges....

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  19. What a little cutie! and I love the crocheted pillowcase edging. How do you get all those tiny little holes to work in along the border? Hope your day is great. Tammy

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  20. Ahh they are gorgeous, love the idea of them scritching around in a box in the bathroom! And you crochet pillow edging is beautiful. So inspiring! Sam

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  21. That looks like a house-chicken in the works to me!

    Happy belated birthday. Love your daughter's words of wisdom....sounds like something mine would say, too!

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  22. A little blog helper - how perfect! Talk about adorably cute!!!! I would love to live in the country and have chickens. My best friend has done just that - and I'm so jealous!

    Have a fab week hon,
    Leah
    x

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  23. I love the pictures of the chicks! I have 5 four day old chicks living in my mudroom as we speak! And3 grown chickens in the back yard. I just love them!

    Sue

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