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Monday, April 25, 2011

Peeps, 3 weeks old


The peeps are three weeks old today. I can't believe it. They seem to be growing, visibly, every day now.

Remember this?

Now the Americaunas are THIS big:

(By the way, we named the two Americaunas Chip & Dale, due to the chipmunk-like stripes they had as babies).

You peek into the brooder now, and they all look like mini-chickens running around, instead of babies.

Like this Barred Rock.

We were supposed to get two of these, and a light and black Silkie. What we ended up with was one Barred Rock, one light Silkie and two unknowns (perhaps Black Astralorp?). Time will tell.

This little hen is still unnamed, so feel free to give a shout out if you have suggestions.

One of the Buff Orpingtons and one of the Rhode Island Reds still jump onto my hand or arm when I reach into the brooder.  The Buff I believe really likes the company - the RIR is just looking for a way out of the brooder I think. 

Although, she does settle down on my arm and seems quite content there at times.  She often jumps on my little buff though, which ruffles her feathers and makes her less likely to come back.

And then there's Frickin.

Frickin is just so... Frickin Hilarious.

How adorable are those little feathered bell-bottom looking legs?

He/she's about 1/4 the size of the RIR's, yet you'd never know it. He/she's always right in the middle of the action - whether it's at the water bottle, or in the feeder, or attacking the lastest tuft of turf I toss into the brooder.

Frickin does not come out of the brooder without a chase, a scramble, and a LOT of squawking. What he/she lacks in size, he/she makes up for in spunk.

Papa Bear finished up the chicken coop on Sunday (Part II post to come soon). Next weekend we head to Madison, WI for the Great Midwest Alpaca Festival where we will be showing Grace again, and after that, we're hoping the weather will be decent enough to put the chicks out in their new home!

I am having so much fun with these chickens - it's just a shame we'll have to wait another 5-7 months for our first farm-fresh, home-grown eggs.

What farm-fresh goodies are you waiting for this spring?


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