BABIES! We have babies!
Last year before we left on our trip I adopted out my girls: Betty, Clarabelle and Yuki. I have missed them ever since. I was sad when we arrived home and there were no happy clucks to greet me. No bouncy white bobs running across the green yard for a treat. No peck on the door reminding me it was time to bring out the grub. Only a empty coop and yard. And my empty heart.
I’ve waited and waited for springtime to arrive. I considered getting older chicks to avoid the difficulty of raising babies. But when I saw these babies…the decision was made. 15 minutes later I left the store with 4 fluffy butt chicks in a box!
Are they not the must adorable things ever? I am absolutely mesmerized by their chirps, their little fluffy bottoms and their feet that seem to big for them!
Meet Orchard. She is a Black Australorp. I am trying to decide if I like her or not. She behaves like a bully. I’m sure it’s just because she’s young.
Meet Tessa. She is a Buff Orpington. The Queen of the hive. (This breed tends to exhibit queen-like personalities)
Meet Annabelle. She is a Rhode Island Red. One of the twins. A sweet personality!
Meet Rosabelle. She is a Rhode Island Red. The other twin. She is the calmest and shyest of the bunch.
Every morning I spend time holding each chick. I want them to handle interaction with humans. Afterwards Gabby and Bella weigh them using our tiny digital scale. This has been a great hands-on learning experience that will benefit them as we move further into our chemistry studies. Finally they are given new water, new food and snuggled in for their morning nap. Then comes the hard part: dragging my backside from watching the babies sleep. I’m so in love!
I’ve taken to calling myself the #crazychickenlady. Clearly, I need help.