The chicks are here!

I got a call today saying they’d come in….

And here they are! Seven little puffballs so small you could line them up in an egg carton.

This one’s already a sassy-pants, I can tell. Check out that cheeky look she’s giving me.

I got two black-n-white Barred Rocks (for egg reliability), two brownish Americauna (for cool egg colors), and three black Australorps (for their sweet temperment). One Americauna is striped just like a chipmunk… Is that too weird a name for a chicken? Maybe I should call her Alvin instead.
In the land of other chicken names, here’s the one that Sofía’s christened “Orange.”
Sofía loves the chicks, but unfortunately she’s much less capable of handling them than I’d thought. I had thought she’d be able to hold them under supervision, but she can’t modulate the strength of her hands at all yet, so I hold them and guide her fingertips down their silky backs. She gets bored of that quickly, though; Sofía isn’t so much interested in petting them as poking them in the eyes and “nose”.
She mostly likes to stand and point over the edge of their box and shout “Pick! One!” until I pick one up, then she looks at it and I put it back and she goes back to the box and starts over again. She’s also a big fan of VERY LOUD SQUEALS which the chickies do not like at all. And besides the one she’s named Orange, she also called one “Sofía” (or maybe Sylvia, I couldn’t tell) and one “Nose.” Not the names I’d been thinking of… but I’m sure we’ll come up with others in due time.

5 Responses to “The chicks are here!”

  1. gina Says:

    I didn’t know you were getting chickens! I’m so excited! I want chickens so bad but they are against the law where I live. I can’t wait to watch yours grow.

  2. diana Says:

    Gina – oh I know about wanting illegal chickens. That was one of the requirements for buying our new house – chickens had to be legal there! :)

  3. Erin Says:

    I’m so excited for you! I’ll have to bring the kids over, they love chickens!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    when chickens have names, won’t it be harder for sofia to say goodbye when they have grown old?
    nonetheless, they are cute.
    is it too cold for them outside yet?

  5. diana Says:

    That had occurred to me. These ladies are not meant to be eaten… but what else do you do with a layer that’s too old to lay?

    It’s very cold outside – temps down to 26 on Friday – but in any case they’d have to stay inside till they’ve grown their adult feathers, about 6 weeks.

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