Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Chicks Have Arrived!

Although our local feed store won't start getting chicks in until early June (when most danger of snow is past), we were just too excited to wait.  So we went down the hill to lower altitude where the temperatures are warmer and the chicks are hatching.

These are our seven little girls, straight from the store, pre-pine shavings.  It's amazing how adaptable they are to being moved.  A few minutes, a little water, and they were running around like nothing in their little 2-day old lives had changed.

The kids are fascinated by the chicks.  Einstein (2 1/2) is old enough to gently pet and pick up the chicks so they're not scared (he tried to hold one up to the TV to watch Veggie Tales with him this morning), but Euler (16 mos) has earned herself the name "chicken terror."  We will keep working on it.

Posted at Seasonal Saturday at la bella vita


  1. I am so excited for you!! No chickens for me yet, so I may have to live vicariously through yours!

  2. Thanks, Megan and Jackie. They are cuties, aren't they?

  3. Analytical grandma and grandpa are curious about whether the grand kids should be around when it comes time to "do in" the cute little chicks when they become marketable teen age chickens. My adult children are appalled at the thought! However, when I was around 4 years old, my 90+ year old great grandfather didn't see it as a big deal whether I was around or not. It was just what we had to do to live and no big deal. As the world realizes we,as a society, are headed towards a more hands on, low energy reality, isn't it about time we shared the complete picture of what raising livestock is about? So what is your view, analytical mom, on how Einstein and Euler may be affected by this issue. Gramps from Alberta.

  4. Baby chicks are SO sweet. I am dying of the "awwwww" here!

  5. Gramps from Alberta, we luckily won't have to deal with this issue for a few years, since we plan on keeping the chickens around to lay for us for a while. When the time comes, I think in theory it is better for children to see their chickens become dinner than for them to "not know" where chicken from the grocery store comes from. At least these chickens will have had happy chicken lives outside, instead of living lives of relative misery in a factory farm.
    At the same time, though, it might be pretty tough - in our society, it's easy to think, "why not just buy a pre-butchered chicken instead of eating our own?" We have tried to mention it to Einstein, and he's said things like, "When the chickens get old, we will eat them." So we'll see how it goes!

  6. loves2spin, they are precious, aren't they?

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