Growing Chicks and Newbies!

Are you there?!? I have been super busy with school and cookie making, so I have not had much time to blog.

The chicks are growing fast and they are almost ready to move out to the chicken coop. I can't wait to show you the pictures of the precious coop! Ben is doing a great job!

Since I am a slacker and have not posted any pictures, here are some pictures of the hens through their three weeks.

Two weeks old

Three weeks old

At four weeks these chickadees move out! They are stinkin' up my garage something fierce!

Unfortunately, I think I only have 7 hens. That means 10 roosters.
Roosters = no eggs = moving off the farm.
The man that we got the eggs from is hopefully going to take the roosters and a couple of hens so I will just have 4 or 5 of these little ladies.

There is starting to be a big difference in the looks department between the boys and girls. Their colors are really starting to change.
Here is a boy and a girl.
The girl is the dark one on the left, and the boy has more defined stripes and is a little lighter.

This is a little rooster. His feathers are beautiful and you can really see his pattern coming through.
You can also see his comb starting to turn red.

Ok. I think I may have a chicken problem.... I got MORE chickens. I have been planning to do this all along. I want to have a variety of chickens so I got a few more and I will have to wait to see how many are hens of those too. They are the cutest chicks in the world. They look like little chipmunks. I took a little day trip to Tennessee and picked them up from a sweet woman who sells over three thousand chickens a year! That's a lot of chicks! She ended up giving me a couple since we couldn't tell if they were girls or boys.

There are two different breeds - Welsummers and Ameraucanas. The Welsummer chicks look like chipmunks and the Ameraucana ones are darker.

There is one chipmunky Ameraucana. However, she is claimed and now named "Chirpie". Lillie came to visit one afternoon and she fell in love with her.

These chicks will lay chocolate brown and blue eggs! I can't wait to eat and cook with eggs from by back yard!

Trey (September 14, 2010 at 7:27 PM)  

you girls and your chickens!!!

jmluckie (September 15, 2010 at 3:57 PM)  

How long before they will be big enough to fry?

CHERI (September 15, 2010 at 8:24 PM)  

Your Uncle Johnny (comment above) is being mean!!! But he remembers how Grandmama Luckie would catch the chicken, ring its neck, pluck the feathers, chop it up, and fry it in a pan. Now that is way too much trouble for modern-day me. I'll buy mine at the store and THEN fry them!

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