Sunday, April 5, 2020

Baby Chick Camp

Last Saturday we went to Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Cincinnati, OH, to pick up some day old chicks.  As we are down to just those three crazy bantam hens, The Crowing Hen and her "sisters", we decided it was time to bring in some laying hens.  I've never raised baby chicks before.  It's been fun so far :-).  

They are currently living in an old sheep water trough in the wash room of the Wool House and that's working out well.  Next week the plan is to move them to a larger cattle tank inside the old coop in the barn.  It's all cleaned out and I bet it's excited to be back in use after sitting idle for quite a few years now.

Today they got to do a short visit to the great outdoors.  They were a bit wary at first, but they built up confidence quickly.  The bars are too wide to hold them in so we need to do a little pen modification, but they stayed together and were easier to catch to go back inside than I feared they might be.












No chickens were harmed by Comby, who I think was mostly just curious.  We would NEVER let Bad Betsy get this close to anything with feathers :-o.


10 comments:

I need orange said...

Wow! They've gone from "tiny baby chicks" to "kid chicks" in just one week! (Remembering when our kid informed us, at about 15 or 16 months: "I no baby. I kid." :-) :-) :-) )

Do you have any idea what kinds they might be? Or how many may be hens? Thinking of wolfgang2242 on Instagram, who has a large menagerie (mostly dogs, but also a pig and a turkey), who has gotten more than one rooster that was supposed to be a hen, over the years.... :-)

farm buddy said...

Those are beautiful chicks!! I see one that looks like a rooster! Just get Kate to herd them for you!

Linda said...

Little chicks! Baby Lambs! Squeee!

knitski said...

teaming with life there which is a treat with everything else that is going on in the world----

I have my blog back up running or at least I am making an attempt to post there again . . .

Far Side of Fifty said...

So cute! :) They need names! I like the pure yellow one with the orange beak...her name should be Sunny:)

sophy0075 said...

Cute! I hope at least one of the little girls learns how to crow. And loves to hang out with sheep.

Shirley said...

Oh they are a colourful bunch! I can just hear them peeping.

Cheryl West said...

They are a lovely assortment. It will be fun to watch them grow( very quickly) to see their adult colors.

Henny Penny said...

Oh my gosh! how cute! I love baby chicks. You sure picked out a good assortment.

FullyFleeced said...

what a lovely assortment of chicks. great photos! they grow up so fast-

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