Tag Archives: baby chicks

No Fairytale Ending.

I’ve been – so far – quite lucky in love and in life; my heart remains mostly intact. But one small part of it has been frayed and mended, over and over, so that by now it must be patched … Continue reading

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Happily Ever After.

Last week we were on tenterhooks – would Bella accept her adopted chicks? She seemed initially stunned by the peeping fluff balls that had materialized beneath her. They knew what to do, stay close to mom, but did she? By mid-morning, … Continue reading

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Babies for Bella!

It has been a long, sleepless night and this midwife is tired! Yesterday noon we picked up two darling peeping chicks at the feed store, a Blue Cochin and an Ameraucana. Cochins are the Asiatic breed fancied by Queen Victoria. … Continue reading

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The Awesome Australorp.

The dead of winter, even in California, is not exactly baby chick season. It is a time for hens and their keepers to hunker down and dream hopefully of the coming time of daffodils. But I needed chicks and I … Continue reading

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Forwarding Address: Roost Bar, North/The Coop

The eagles, so to speak, have landed. Operation Instant Flock is completed! And no one is more surprised than I am at its success. The time-tested “recipe” for mixing new birds with established hens is to wait until the young … Continue reading

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Winter Chicks: Adding to the Flock

“Chicken math”, they call it. It is the way we rationalize the addition of cute little baby chicks without necessarily penciling out the consequences of the total sum. Ask any flock keeper what they would do differently if they could … Continue reading

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Hey, what’s that cute chick’s name?

The ballots are in, and after much deliberation, the little ones have officially been named. The powers that be (more or less) followed the voter’s wishes, with a few deviations here and there: some voter irregularities, a few behind-the-scenes manipulations – hey, … Continue reading

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