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The Felagund Family Flock Is Expanding!

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We brought home our chickens tonight!

Bobby and I drove out to Harford County this afternoon and picked up six three-week-old chicks, three Australorps and three New Hampshire Reds. We bought them from a guy named Tim


(not that Tim)

who raises chickens, mostly for fun. He had just about every breed imaginable, but the Australorps and New Hampshire Reds still as peeps, which was a requirement because, while we have the chicken coop, it is currently in pieces in the spare bedroom. Also, they will be big and ugly soon enough, so I wanted to enjoy at least a little bit of time with them as tiny, cute, soft babies. And they are so tiny, cute, and soft! Currently, the little gals are in a big box downstairs with a heat lamp. Bobby went down to turn off the fish tank light a minute ago, and they were all sound asleep in a row. I keep wanting to go look at them, but no, Dawn, let them sleep ... (besides that, if I looked at them, then I'd want to touch them, then I'd want to pick them up, and then the poor critters would suffer from lack of sleep).

There will be picspam soon. :)
  • Oooh, chickens! Looking forward to the pictures; we hatched chicks at my pre-school when I was little, and they are unbearably cute.
  • Chickens! Weeeeeee! My parents' neighbours have been keeping chickens ("Bergische Kräher", I haven't yet found any English-language information on them :() ever since I was seven or eight years old and the ickle peeps were always the most adorable things.
    Looking forward to the picspam!

    Personally I'm still trying to convince my hubby that it would be awesome to have quails. For the moment, though, we're still trying to figure out whether we can afford - and offer a happy life to - some of the lambs from across the road. The roofer to whom they belong was rather caught by surprise by the amount of lambs born this year, and now he wants to sell some and eat some others (or sell none and eat more)... and I've always coveted one or two of them anyway.
    Ah, the joys of country life *g*
  • Peaceful and dignified, Australorps are an absolutely delightful bird

    LOLOLOL, I love that chickens can be dignified. (but it's good that they are peaceful! Being chased around the garden by irate chickens is very humiliating, as our old dog could attest after getting a bit too close to a mother hen at one point). Can you already tell if they are male or female?
  • ooooh! Those are gorgeous birds with quite a character. I am looking forward to the picspam of the new fuzzy cutesy fluffy chicklets!
  • Congratulations on the chickens! I hope you *do* enjoy them. The DH wants to get some, but I am reluctant-- we only have a teensy yard, after all.

    But all I could think of was Good Neighbours; are you familiar with that old BBC show from the 70s? Quite hilarious, and I remember the episode in which they finally get their first egg...
  • Chickens are so much fun! Just curious: why did you pick those two breeds in particular? I'm asking because I don't know too much about chicken breeds, and I'd like to learn!
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