Old Ladies Meet New Chicks

I couldn’t resist. The old ladies were free ranging and I was going into the coop to feed the littles. The old ladies were trying to fight their way inside so I got curious as to how they would react to the little girls. So……I let one of them in!

Interestingly enough the buffs were more interested in the food bucket than the littles! Stewart the Rooster was the funniest. All I could see in his eyes was ….”additions to my harem!” The Easter Egger was the most curious. She spent the most time checking them out. Unfortunately something I noticed about Easter Eggers is they tend to look and act a little more wild than the other chicken breeds.

I was soaking one of the Egger’s feet one night next to the brooder when the chicks were only a week old. The older Egger got a wild look in her eyes, darted glances all about the cage and had her mouth hanging open! Yikes! She scared me a little! Yet the Eggers are still my favorite. No, they do not have fluffy feathered butts like the others, and when you need to catch them they run much faster. They can be a pain!

But now we have a coop full of young, overactive Rhode Island Reds. They are taking a very long time establishing the pecking order. Bumping chests, flying at each other in the air and pecking like mad! Makes me wonder if we have roosters in this batch again! If not is this a sneak peak of a future angry flock?! Double yikes!

Well, I guess we will see! Wish me luck!

Watch the older chickens checking out the Littles on the their YouTube channel:

New Baby Chicks!

Guess what I did yesterday morning!!!

That’s right! I bought some new baby chicks! These cute little balls of downy feathers are 20 Rhode Island Red chickens. They are known for the tons of extra large brown eggs they lay and they are super hardy. But more than that……THEY ARE SO ADORABLE! Gotta enjoy them while they are this small.

So how did this start? The other ladies aren’t laying enough eggs for our customers. So we are bringing in some new girls to help. The older ladies just don’t lay as many eggs as they used to. However, being past their monstrous teenage years has made them sweeter than ever! They don’t run away like they used to and they aren’t pecking at each other as much. Stewart the rooster may have something to do with it but mellowing with age is so nice to see!

I got 2 boxes of 10 chicks each and brought them home. These tender little cuties spend the first 3-4 weeks of their lives gradually getting used to living in 75 degree weather. Then they can move into a coop, opening the door only when the temperature is over 70 degrees. Fresh out of their box I had to quickly put them in the brooder which I needed to heat up to 95 degrees to start. In the meantime I had to find a good place to set them to keep them as warm as possible. The only room I could think of was my tiny bathroom with an electric heater. So that’s where they sat! The boxes rocking and “cheep, cheep!” every now and then.

Once the brooder was hot enough I picked up one chick at a time out of the box. I held them over the waterer and dipped their beaks into the water so they knew where to find it.Then they were off to explore!

Phew! All safe and sound. Poor little girls were so traumatized most of them immediately fell asleep under the heater and took a nap. SO CUTE!

See the new chicks on their YourTube Channel: