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Even though we raise lots of tiny baby chickens, these little tiny baby chickens are a bit special to me because they came naturally. Not out of an incubator. Not from a hatchery at day old. But from my breeding pair (trio actually) of Barred Plymouth Rocks. 

I love these chickens. I think they're beautiful. We won't keep all of them, or even many of them probably, they're destined for the Berry Poultry auction when they're big enough, and will hopefully grace someone else's backyard who will think they're as pretty as I do. 

The rescued chickens from the abandoned nest are hatching slowly in the incubtor. Five so far. And I'm sneaking them under the mother hen at night and hoping she won't notice she's raising some foster chicks. 

Check out the look she's giving one of the "teenage" plymouths in the last photo! Hilarious.

Have you got a thing about chickens too? 

I'm sure I'm not the only one around here. 

xxx

 

5 Comments on “spring chickens

Jodie
December 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

Absolutely gorgeous Fi. I’ve been accused of becoming a Mad Chook Woman lately, so I’m completely with you! So glad that everything has settled down a bit and is sailing more smoothly. We’re so impressed with you two and what you’re doing! xx J.

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Elise @ This Little House
December 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

Jodie, I sympathize!
Everyone at work has switched from calling me the crazy cat lady (à la The Simpsons) and is now making snide “crazy chicken lady” comments!
They just don’t get it. 🙂

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Vanessa
December 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I’ve got a thing about chickens. I’ve got a vintage chook sign hanging somewhere and three wooden chooks on the window sill… And yet, none in the garden… I’m hoping to remedy that in the new year. Think we’ll start with three and go from there. I’m a little obsessed with my worm farm and veggie patch – I know I must sound weird when I get excited about castings and worm juice, but whatever makes your heart sing, I say.

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Sue
December 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

I am back and forth about chooks. Want them SO BAD, but we’re away a lot, and have bold foxes in the neighbourhood. And I’m just so lazy. And it’s just so cold. Well, this week. Poor anything outside!

They are just the darlingest, though, your little ones.

Maybe this spring.

Might just go look up chook houses…

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Diann
December 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

Love your gorgeous little chookies! Your photos are so good and I really enjoy hearing your farm tales. I hope your job works out really well for you too. It looks fantastic.

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