Today was a great day! I've been promising J that we would get chicks as soon as they became available and that he could pick them out, name them and help me raise them. We've been talking about this for about a month. I called over to our local feed store today and they had some chicks in stock still from last week. Bouncing with excitement and giddy with anticipation (well J was definitely bouncing and giddy), we drove over the hill to see what we would find. I was intrigued by the dark Brahma breed they had (I'm a sucker for a pretty hen) so I knew we would come home with one of those. I thought maybe two Brahmas but J wanted a Rhode Island Red too. I've never had one of those but they're good layers so why not? He named the Rhode Island Red John Deere and the dark Brahma Chicky Chicky Chook Chook. Because it's cold in the garage and they're small enough to fit through the holes in our dog crate, I'm keeping them in J's bathroom for a couple of weeks or until they outgrow this bucket. It will happen very quickly that's for sure. I love keeping chickens. I don't know why more people don't do it, it's such fun!
|The set up. A heat lamp is imperative, without a mama they can't keep themselves warm|
|Feeder and water|
|I put rocks in the water because they can fall in and not be able to get out, the rocks prevent that|
|Looking into the bucket, this will only hold them for a week maybe two|
|Choosing the chicks - it's hard to choose!|
|On the way home|
|The girls in their box - you can see they're already getting wing feathers|
|Chicks adapt quickly|
|J doesn't want to leave them - listening to him talk to them is priceless. |
He is telling them stories, all about himself and just general chatter.