I’m a Sucker for Baby Chicks
I tried to resist. I tried not to look their way when I went to the feed store. I knew they were there but I was determined not to leave the store with chicks. I have my chickens at home – laying good, getting along finally. The last thing I need is more chickens.
Leave it to one of my girls to exclaim,” They have Ameraucanas, mom!” That’s all it took and I had my box filled with nine new baby chicks in record time. I’m such a sucker.
I’ve read on some poultry boards that the “ameraucanas” they sell at feed stores are usually easter eggers. I don’t care either way. I guess I will know when they start laying their colorful eggs.
- Two Cuckoo Marans
- One Barred Rock
- Six Ameraucanas (maybe EE’s – who knows)
A Few of the Chicks at Two Weeks Old
marans (pink legs)
barred rock (yellow legs)
barred rock (top) & marans (bottom) roo?
I tried to wing sex the marans and barred rock. But so far, one of the marans has a big, red comb and wattle. Oh, me. And one of the “ameraucanas” is starting to make a crazy noise in the mornings. They are about 4-5 weeks old now. Notice how big the marans pullet is compared to the others. She must be a little older.
marans from the picture above (4 weeks old) roo?
ameraucana (that comb sure is pink) roo?
“Della” the big marans pullet
If I have a few roosters I am going to build them a bachelor pad with plenty of space at our new house so that I can keep them. I handle them a lot to keep them social. Hopefully, the roos will get along OK since they are being raised together.
D.D. , aka Dumpster Diva, loves being a chicken dog. She goes in the big girls’ pen with me every day, sniffs around and shows me where the eggs are. She is so good with them. We have six foster kittens (two weeks old) and she is so gentle when she sniffs them. My friend found D.D. in their dumpster, she was about five or six weeks old so we took her in. So cruel to throw a puppy away like trash. I have never had a sweeter dog. She has slept beside the baby chicks in our dining room since they came to live with us. They love her.
Now that the weather is nice during the day, they spend their days playing in our weedy flower bed safely inside a couple of layers of netting. They have so much fun chest bumping and eating bugs and weeds before coming back in for the night. Also, they are getting exposure to cocci which should help build up their immune system before the big move to their permanent home. I give them probiotic treats, plenty of healthy weeds such as dandelion leaves, wild violet leaves, and clover along with fermented chick starter.
I am so excited to introduce them to the big girls when the weather stays warm at night.
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*photo credits thebirdiewhoflew.com