Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Family Members... new painting subjects

For a couple of years, John and I have talked about raising chickens, but that's all it was... talk.  We felt like we needed to do more studying to get a better grasp of what to do and how to properly care for whatever kinds of chickens we decided on.  We needed to create an outdoor space where there could be plenty of free range movement and safety from predators and weather.  So we talked about it, set it aside, talked about it some more, set it aside again. 

But yesterday, John came home from a trip into town, and he carried in a box that held four small grayish-black chicks.  Trust me, folks, it was a surprise. Two of the dogs, like me, followed him onto the porch to check out the new family members.  While John brought in the rest of the chicken goodies needed, I sat down and read through a rather detailed pamphlet about chicken care, long enough to find out some needed information about temperature, lighting, bedding, and feed and water.  We fixed them a little home inside a 15 gallon bucket (more space than they've had before in their young lives), with wood chips for bedding, a wire top, and lighting to keep them warm. And this we placed inside our utility closet, safe from drafts, the cat, and the dogs... but really, it's only Cooper, our youngest pup, who is interested in the goings-on inside that bucket.  After everything was situated and settled, I took photos, of course.








These little chicks are three-week-old sex-linked hybrid pullets, meaning, we've been told, that these are baby hens and no rooster is needed in the mix to produce eggs.  When they're about six months old, they should start egg production.  In the meantime, we've got our work cut out for us.  A coop must be built, fencing must be put in, and a safe haven created.  In the process, we'll get to know these cuties enough to name them.  They are already responding a little to my voice, and I am getting rather attached. We'll do our best by them, you can bet on that.  Here's to new relationships and a new journey!  And here's to a chance at portrait paintings of our new family members!

9 comments:

  1. Welcome to my world, and congrats on your peeps.
    Mine are 4 weeks today, and all feathered out.
    I have never had sex links.
    xo and peep peep!

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  2. How adorable!! Best of luck with these little "peeps"...

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  3. Ooooooh, gotta love those sweet, sweet Peeps! I can almost hear them and feel myself petting their fuzzy little selves right now! xoxo

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  4. Awwwwww. How cute is that!! I want some in the worst way, but worry about my one predator dog. She eats everything that moves. But still . . . maybe some day we'll do it.

    I know there have to be some chicken forums online. Good luck with your new babies! Looking forward to the portraits.

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  5. Oh I love having chickens!! So homey getting eggs every morning and they are really easy to keep! xo

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  6. Cute chicks!! good luck, have fun!

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  7. Warm eggs right out of the chicken! What could be better for breakfast! These little hybrids are adorable and, yes, we need paintings of them! Let us know what you name them. We will be watching and wishing all well!

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  8. Hey! I just found out May is International Respect for Chickens Month. Your timing is perfect ... as ever!

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