Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chicks and More

Most of you know that we have three beautiful hens.  Cheep, the first one we acquired, came home with us last May as a week-old chick.  A couple of months ago, my sister gave us the other two, Scratch and Peck, as companions to help Cheep stay warm through the winter.  If you're visiting our Suburban Homestead blog, you saw that a couple of days ago, Jaden found our first egg.  It's probably from Cheep (about 9 months old), and not the other two, because they're likely past egg-laying age.  (By the way, this morning Joel found a second egg, similar in color to the first.)

Caleb "the farmer" was at the local feed and seed store yesterday.  Alas, he was lured by the siren song of the new, tiny chicks in the store.  Their sweet little peeps drew him in, and yes, you guessed it - he succumbed to their wiles.  He brought home two Buff Orpington chicks.  They are the cutest little things!  We sat and played with them and watched them for several minutes.  They should grow to be beautiful, productive birds.

We hope to purchase about 6 more chicks in a couple of weeks.  And probably Scratch will then meet her demise.  Jaden insists she's too old and tough to eat.  We'll see.  Actually, I'm not sure any of us will be able to eat a pet.

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