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February 15, 2008 - More Chicks!

Today a local feed store got their first chicks of the season. I still couldn't replace the varieties I lost in shipment, but I got a couple more interesting breeds--Light Brahma and Barred Rock, 2 of each, 1 day old. See more about these breeds at the "Breeds" tab above.

These new babies were hatched yesterday, and my first chicks were hatched February 9th. With an age difference of 4 days, the new babies are noticeably smaller, but seem to fit right in for a total of 14.

And here's another video I'm calling "Bird in the Hand"--simply a hand, a little chick food and the typical reaction from most any animal. Enjoy!

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Or go to YouTube to seet it: The Poultry Project - Bird in the Hand


February 12, 2008 - Day 2 - The Chicks Appear on YouTube!

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Buff Orpington

Rhode Island Red

My Favorite Rhodie Sleeping

Siilver Laced Wyandotte

February 11, 2008 - The Chicks Arrive!

We got the call from the post office at 7:30 a.m. We got right in the car and headed out. So much for planning the exact number of each breed--only 10 chicks out of 26 survived shipment from the hatchery in Iowa. When I phoned them to report my disappointment, they said this kind of problem is very unusual. I think the layover somewhere cold on Sunday caused them to pile together to stay warm and smother each other. I'll get my money back, but I was hoping for more little cheapers!

All 3 each of the Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps arrived in fine shape. Also healthy were 2 Rhode Island Reds (out of 10 I ordered for Nicole). I have 1 (or 2) Silver Laced Wyandotte and and I think I have 1 Columbian Wyandotte--feathering will be the key to final identification. All 3 Speckled Sussex perished.

But I've got 10 2-day old chicks and a local feed store is getting chicks later this week so I may be able to add a few more of the breeds I wanted to make a total of 15.

I talked with Nicole. I was going to give her 10 Rhode Island Reds as a thank you for being my mentor and so I wouldn't have so many. She understands that I want to keep the 2 remaining RIR's.

Anyway, I've got chicks! I hope to have some video up on YouTube in the near future! In the meantime, click the thumbnails below for an enlargement--"Back" to return here.


Chicks in the Brooder!

Lined up by color


Black Australorp (l)
Buff Orpington (r),
Rhode Island Red (center)


Little Rhodie taking a nap


Black Australorp--so tiny!

January 13, 2008 - Visit to a chicken farm

Nicole of Falloon Farm in Wilton raises Rhode Island Reds for eggs. I met her though an article in our local newspaper and she agreed to share a chick order with me. I'm getting 15, and I ordered 10 Reds for her.

She also agreed to be my mentor and invited us to her farm to see her operation. Here are a couple of pictures of her girls. One lovely hen posed for me, and the cluster is a group of 6-week-old youngsters taking a dust bath. No photo of the delicious eggs we brought home--we ate them!

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Rhode Island Red hen     RIR 6 week pullets dusting themselves


January 12, 2008 - Poultry Show

A chicken show? Well it was the Pacific Poultry Breeders' Association 61st Annual Winter Show held in Stockton, CA. This seemed like the perfect way to see all the poultry breeds (including the ones I'm getting) looking their best. These aren't production birds, these beauties are all for show!

The only one of these we are getting is the Buff Orpington. Pictures that turned out under poor lighting conditions were of birds who were very patient! Click the thumbnails to see enlargements with breed names. Click "Back" to return here.

Light Brahma Hen   Salmon Faverolle Rooster   Buff Orpington Hen   Black Spanish Tom


Now || 2017 || 2016 || 2015
Fall 2014 || Summer 14 || Spring 14 (ducklings!) || Winter 13-14 (chicks!)
Fall 2013 || Summer 13 || Spring 13 || Winter 12-13 (chicks!)
Fall 2012 || Summer 12 || Spring 12 (chicks!) || Winter 11-12
Fall 2011 || Summer 11 || Spring 11 (chicks!) || Winter 10-11
Fall 2010 || Summer 10 (chicks!) || Spring 10 (chicks!) || Winter 09-10
Fall 2009 || Summer 09 || Spring 09 || Winter 08-09 (chicks!)
In the Beginning:
Fall 2008 || 6 Months || 5 Months || 4 Months || Weeks 11-12
Weeks 7-10 || Week 6 || Week 5 || Week 4 || Week 3 || Week 2 || Chicks!

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