Please welcome our new additions to the farm!
The chicks tend to pile on top of each other when they’re nervous. It will take them a while to get used to the humans, and we’ll handle them more and more so they do. We like to give them some time to settle in first though.
We got 8 new chicks, 2 each of 4 breeds we did not have yet: Black Australorp, Golden-Laced Wyandotte, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, and Auracana. They will be all different colors and the Auracanas will lay either blue or green eggs! They are settling in nicely, they are pretty quiet and calm so far….well all except for one loudmouth one who you can hear in the video below:
It didn’t take our cat Samantha long to come up and check them out (I haven’t been able to get a photo yet though). It was so sweet the first night: I went up to check on them at bedtime and make sure they had all found their way under the brooder heater. There was not a chick to be seen nor a peep to be heard, and Samantha was curled right up next to the cage sound asleep as well!
We haven’t figured out yet which ones are which, though we have some idea since I tried to look up some photos online. It’s going to be fun to have some new colors in the flock. We’ll be sharing more photos I’m sure as they grow, which is usually pretty quickly! When the weather gets warm enough, we’ll move their cage out to the coop so the other birds can start to get used to them. We’ll let Sam have some time with them first though. 🙂
If you’re thinking of raising your own chicks, we wouldn’t be without the Brinsea Ecoglow Heater (affiliate link below). It works on radiant heat, uses little power and is far, far safer than using a heat lamp.
Roby Sweet says
So cute! It will be fun to see them grow up, and I am fascinated to see a green or blue chicken egg. 🙂
Isn’t that cool? I can’t wait to see them too!
Don’t tell anyone … but I think chicks might be the ONE animal cuter than kittens. These are ADORABLE. Glad to hear Sam’s on the job 🙂
It’ll be our little secret….they really are SO cute!
Cuteness. I’m surprised Samantha was so calm with the chicks. I know Raven would “enjoy” them, but not in a good way. We had a chinchilla for about 2 hours before realizing we would never be able to keep it safe from her. We returned it to the store. 🙁
Sam seems pretty mild-mannered, but I was forgetting the time she got outside and raided a robin’s nest. 🙁
I think it may be the fact that she doesn’t see too well that makes them less interesting to her. But we are still careful that they stay in the cage where they’re safe. In fact, now that they’re getting more active, hubby needs to add some height to the cardboard around the edge.
Ellen Pilch says
Awww…they are so cute.
Bell Fur Zoo says
Soo cute!! Mama always checks out da baby chicks and ducks at da tractor supply when she goes to get our food.
Matt & Matilda
Jodi Stone says
It must be so fun to have them there! So…who eats the blue or green eggs? Do you sell them? I’d be wondering if I saw a blue or green egg. LOL
I think I would sell them, but not everyone is aware that they exist, so I don’t know if it would put people off? We may mostly keep them for ourselves.
They really are fun now, but as they get bigger and messier, we might be anxious to get them out to the coop! I know I was ready with the last group when they got big enough! LOL
As soon as I started reading this, I was wondering if Sam had found her new babies yet 😉 I’m glad that she’s still taking her chick raising duties seriously. I can’t wait to see how these little ones grow up!
She sleeps up with them every night, though now she sleeps on the couch, not right by the cage. But I’m going to have to start feeding her up there too. I have to call her down for supper!
Congrats to this lovely, cute, little chicks. I love them!
Lynn LaChance says
So sweet, but I could not isolate the chick making all the noise! Some photos the colors looked so different than others! Yes, please give Sam some chick time before moving them out, want to hear more, but if she is still hangin with them…so cute..
You had to look carefully to see who’s little beak was moving!
sand spring chesapeakes says
Congrats on the new additions, they are cute. I have the rainbow layers, love them! I like your idea of the pellet bedding, never thought of that but it would work better than mulch as the chickens scratch the mulch up into the food and water and make it a big mess. Great idea!
When we got the last batch, a girl at TSC suggested the pellets to us. They really work great!! We put doggy pee pads under those to absorb the moisture too.
LLB in Our Backyard says
Aaawwww…We really loved the video! Rosy is still looking for the birdies 🙂
M. K. Clinton says
I would not be good with baby chicks because I’d want to hold them all of the time. LOL! They are precious.
Once they are past a couple of days old, it’s actually good to handle them a lot so they get used to it. My problem now is trying to handle them all and not being sure which I held….other than the one yellow and one brown, they all look pretty similar! LOL
Oh, and when I hold them I making little smooching noises at them….it seems to help them relax!
caren gittleman says
How adorable!! If I were a chick I would be the mouthy one lol. I can’t wait to see the blue and green eggs! Can you eat them?
Yes, you can eat them. The coloring of eggs is really only on the outside so they’re no different than any other egg inside.
Mary Hone says
The Island Cats says
Oh those chicks are so cute! We bet they’re gonna be fun. We’ve never heard of chickens that lay green or blue eggs.
It was new to us when we were researching breeds too….pretty cool, huh?
Chicks are so adorable. Too bad they have to grow up! Enjoy them while they are tiny fluffballs.
Yeah, they don’t peck you when they’re tiny, or if they do, it doesn’t hurt like when the full grown ones do! LOL
blue or green eggs how egg-citing!!!! welcome to the farm little chickies we wish you a wonderful life there ;O)
Monika & Sam 🐾 says
New peepers?! Oh, they are too adorable.
Edie Chase says
I’m glad Sam has more chicks to watch. ; )
She is pretty happy!
Brian Frum says
They are so cute and just wait until they get big enough to wander about!
Then they become quite a handful! 🙂
Shadow & Ducky's Mom says
Awww, they’re adorable at this stage of their lives, aren’t they?! That noisy one is going to be the leader of the flock, I think. I’m looking forward to watching them grow up. 😍🐣🐥
Just don’t tell the rest of the flock….they may not want a new leader! LOL
They are so cute! I’m looking forward to seeing them with their adult feathers.
It’s going to be so fun to have some different colors in the flock!
You are truly amazing. I’m loving these farm stories. As a city girl growing up in New York, I am fascinated with anything different from sky scrapers, subways transportation and yellow cabs. I l I’ve the city life, but I als o have a hunger to learn more about the rest of the world. Your blog gives me that with a splash of humor, dogs, and so much more. Keep it up girlfriend, I think you’v efound Your niche.
Thank you so much, Cathy! I appreciate that more than you can know. I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading about our little farm! ♥