|Our newly-hatched chicks hanging out in their makeshift brooder|
Well, we've gone and done it. We went and got chickens. Our neighbors Kevin and Jenny inspired us to do it. You see, we eat a lot of eggs around here, and figured we might as well raise our own.
So we got some chickens 3 days ago. They include 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Black Stars (a cross of Black Australorps and Rhode Island Reds), and 2 Buff Orpingtons. Generally speaking, these birds are adapted for cold weather, friendliness, and egg production.
Here's what we know so far:
- We have 8 baby chickens, or "chicks"
- 2 of the chicks are for our neighbors
- 6 of the chicks are for our family
- The chicks we are keeping have names
- Their names are: Silvia, Willa, Eliza, Gina, Margo, Rita (as in "margorita", get it?)
- The chicks are very cute
- They make adorable little chirping sounds
- They need to stay warm at 95 degrees F or so
- Pine shavings are the best bedding
- All of the chicks think our 6-year-old Will is their momma
- I need to build a chicken coop, pronto!
We'll keep you updated as we roll through this amazing journey of life, love, and tasty omelettes...