Tag Archives: baby chicks

Just add chicks!

Ran into neighbors the other day who were lamenting their dwindling flock of chickens. When you have just a handful of hens and no rooster and you live in an area where hawks patrol daily and coyotes prowl by night, … Continue reading

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A new chicken chapter.

Because things weren’t complicated enough with a new puppy and a broken arm, right? Life must go on, and Bella was broody. How broody? This broody: And once Bella goes broody, she goes fiercely, stubbornly, decidedly, indubitably broody. She sits … Continue reading

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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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