Monday, March 7, 2011

The peeps are here!

Remember this homemade chicken brooder? Well, now it has its first residents!
New chicks in the homemade brooder box!

We picked up chicks yesterday--8 in all, of several different varieties. These ladies are for eggs, not roasting, and we have 2 each of Buff Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Silkies and Cinnamon Queens. We picked these up at Jersey Chickens (they have a great site, see it here).

One day old Silkie--rooster or hen? No one knows for sure...

Extreme closeup of one of the Cinnamon Queen hens
This adorable Wyandotte looks like a baby duck!
The Buff Orpingtons are about a week old, the rest are a day or two old. There is already a size difference between the week-olds and the newbies! I found the two larger chicks on top of the water and food containers today, a good 8" jump (not bad for critters that are about 2 inches tall!)
Super high jumping Buff Orpington chick

Chicks are addictive...when these guys outgrow the brooder, I am getting some guinea hen babies to fill it again!
I will update again as they grow...
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  1. Adorable! I can't wait to get my own chicks someday :)

  2. When my kids were little they loved it when the new chicks arrived. Take lots of pictures now because in a few days they will not be so cute and cuddly.