Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wings and things.....

 Bundles of cuteness starting to grow wings....

 One of the Americauna chicks.

 Chick play time.

The brooder set up.  Just made from untreated scrap wood lying around the homestead.  Two feet by four feet by two feet.  We lay bird netting on the top once they get a bit bigger to keep them from leaping out of the brooder box.  Works like a charm and easy to deal with.

In this batch of chicks I have two Rhode Island Reds, what I thought were three Americauna chicks, but, I think I have two of those and one Aracuana, and one Black Sex Link. 
I can actually tell these chicks apart, so, I think I'll be giving them names in a couple of weeks once they have grown a bit and their adult feathers come in.  Our last batch of chicks a couple of years ago I couldn't tell apart, so, I didn't name them, although the one Barred Rock I have left I've named Nellie - as in Nervous Nellie, the sky is falling.  She's always squawking about something! 

In the meantime, I'll have to put the old thinking cap on and start coming up with some names.

Many heartfelt thanks to all of you who left kind words about Shane.  Your comments are helping me deal with this sudden loss and reminding me of how lucky we both were to have each other.
Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!


  1. Hi Toni! I like your new header picture and especially love your 'peeps!' I'll look forward to reading what their names end up being and all that goes with having chickens!!

    Again, I'm sorry about the loss of your beloved Shane...

  2. Perhaps FATE has given you these chicks to help you with the loss of Shane - new life and all that?
    Anyhow they are very cute.

  3. I like the new header a lot! Although it seems big- I can't see all of it.

    I'm glad you have new chicks, and that you'll be able to name them.

  4. I am impressed with the brooder....very professional

  5. I love these peeps too! And, yes, the circle of life continues..

    Paula, I figured the header thingy out. It was a huge picture for some reason!

    John-thanks for the compliment. I'll pass it along to the hubsters, king of scrap lumber and screws...