Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Ultimate Chick Flick

This past week was just plain intense...
My mom was in town, and ended up getting sick, Reilly had her dress rehearsal and dance recital, I did the flowers for a wedding reception, and was working on coordinating a very detail oriented Relief Society social (that was supposed to be at my house but due to weather had to be changed at the last minute), and the show went on regarding piano lessons and soccer, planning dinners and other motherhood responsibilities.
In addition to all the craziness, I went to pick this box up at the 4-H leader's house...
Can you guess what's inside?!...

The chicks arrived! They hatched last Sunday and were sent out later on that afternoon.
Because of all the nutrients they receive when they are in their shell, they don't need to eat or drink for a minimum of 72 hours...this enables them to be shipped without much hassle...


The ones that we ordered were marked with a red dot on their heads...

We picked a Buff Orpington, Buff Laced Polish, Silver Polish, Buff Cochin, and a Black Cochin...
We had them all sexed, which means that we know that they are all female. I couldn't take the chance of getting too attached and then finding out one of them was a male. My neighbors would be so bugged being woken up to a rooster every morning...
One of the things that surprises me the most is how much less messy they are compared to ducklings! 10 chicks wouldn't equal 1 duckling when it comes to the poop factor!


Any thoughts on a name for this little Buff Laced Polish? Isn't she a hoot?

video

I love hearing these little guys peeping. I'm sure our neighbors think there's some kind of devil worshipping going on over here because the heat lamp is putting off a red glow through the windows...

They should be in our house for at least 4 more weeks...

Ahhh...good times...

***Any clever name ideas?

***Have you ever raised chicks?

9 comments:

  1. How exciting to have these adorable chicks chirping away in your home! I think that chick you're holding looks high maintenance in a Zsa Zsa sort of way so that's my suggestion.

    I'm sorry your mom got sick!

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  2. Baby chicks are so cute. Our 1st grade class here at my school had an incubator and got to watch all those babies hatch. It was fun...

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  3. ah yesss- the memories of that week are still fresh in my head- how did we get through all of that? miss all of you-

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  4. wow, I don't know how you juggle it all. I would have to have Stephan give me some strong medication if it were me. hehe.
    those are cute little chicks!

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  5. These are So CUTE!

    We had a chicken for a while growing up named Cluck Cluck- she was a cutie... and lived on my sister's little farm. She spent a summer in our back yard just for fun.
    I can't wait to see how pretty they are all grown up.

    I hope your mom is better now- there is so much going around out west-- sounds like it's the same back there! it's a shame, no one should be sick in the summer.

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  6. actually, no I don't have any name ideas... thats a first....

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  7. Instantly I thought of Elvis... I know he was a guy but it could work

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  8. I've just never had a yen to nurture chickens...

    but, as my mother said, "anything is cute when they are babies..."

    I'll be waiting for more reports!

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  9. ugh, i cannot wait to have my own chickens. you can bet you'll be getting a phone call from me with a million questions when i do....

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