Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bitten...

I couldn't take it anymore. Everyone posting pictures of their new chicks. Even though our eggs are due to hatch next Monday, I needed more instant gratification. It's a virus really--they call it chicken fever.


We got 12 chicks today. Four Rhode Island Reds, four Barred Rocks, and four assorted banties. We (read that as me) wanted to get the reds and rocks to breed together to get sex-linked chicks. That means as soon as the chicks are hatched, you can tell sex by the color of the chick. With a Barred Rock mother and a Rhode Island Red father, the girl chicks have black feathers with a red neck and the boy chicks look like Barred Rocks. This will be handy for knowing right away which ones we can sell as pullets and which ones to keep for butchering. We're not sure on the banties, but hoping for all hens. By comparing pictures on hatchery websites, it looks like we have a couple Old English Game Banties and a Cochin and a Japanese black banty. Ivy wanted banties so we let her pick them out. That's the one I think is the Japanese black--it's so little, about half the size of the others.

They are so cute and are just peeping away in the laundry room. They are only in that tote until tomorrow when I can swap them out to a bigger one. We took that to the feed store to buy them and the guy said, in 600 customers, you are the first to bring your own container for them. I laughed and wondered if the rest just carried them home in their pockets!

6 comments:

Mama April 10, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

Too cute and congrats!

Becky April 10, 2009 at 2:16 PM  

Too cute, lol.How cute they are so fluffy.Im a new follower.I found you on Roseys page.I love love your blog title and the background you made to match really sweet.Hoping to visit here again soon.

Becky April 10, 2009 at 2:18 PM  

Oh and I grabbed your button too!

i cant sew April 10, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

hello jenny, thanks for finding me and even more thanks for wanting to be in on the pay it forward. i have had a few giveaways and even been in a swap since becoming a blogger and it is so much fun making something for someone you dont know. there is great satifaction in the gift of giving! love your blog consider me you newest follower! love the wordless wednesday... classic 1 year old :)
you will have to email me you address if you havent already done so. my email address is on my side bar.
%*_*% rosey

Michelle April 10, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

Oh Jenny!! They are so adorable! I'm such an animal lover, I even name my goldfish... I can't imagine what it takes to raise such adorable birds for... well, you know.

Anyway, these chicks are quite cute... I think I'd beg for one to raise as a pet if we lived closer! lol! :)

Patrice Farmer April 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

OH, how really cute!!! They're adorable.

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I am a thirty-something mother of two girls and a boy ranging from preschool to middle school. My husband and I keep working and reworking on our goal of raising our family healthier. Our house is a constant work under construction--adding on and remodeling. We're happy to have bought our property a few years ago, but as any homeowners know, owning a home just adds to your list of projects and chores because there's always improvements to be made and maintenance to be done. On our burgeoning homestead, we have chickens, guineas, a few goats, and our most recent additions-rabbits.

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I picked the name Petalz and Finz a couple years ago when I decided to try Etsy out. I wanted to custom make some baby related items and have things for girls and boys. I felt the name incorporated both my kids (at the time) into it--petalz for Ivy and finz for Finn.

I haven't had time to do much of anything with my Etsy for a while, but it's still my in my long term goals. In the mean time, I'm having fun with this blog thing. I've found some creative inspiration through my own posting, but also through many other wonderful blogs out there.

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