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Big Bird
July 17, 2009, 7:15 pm
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I have been very neglectful in updating my blog, and I apologize… You won’t believe how big the chickens have gotten! And yet, I still can not tell for certain what is a hen and what is a rooster. I have my suspicions though…

In the meantime Nico and I convinced our friend, Larry, in helping us build a chicken coop – a plan created over beers and which turned out to be a four-day project! Lucky for us, Larry is a woodworking wizard, and assured us he enjoyed the entire process. (thanks, Larry!). Lo and behold, we created the awesomest coop ever. Siding has yet to be done, and we don’t have a run yet. BUT..  we have a sliding 2nd floor, a nifty nesting box, and an eco-roof (yes, I said ECO-roof!) …and a lot of chicken p@#p in the yard.

The chickens are LOVIN’ the outdoors. They lay sideways in the sun, and sleep. It’s fun to watch them chase after stuff that floats through the air, and then chase after whomever has the prize in its beak. Here’s a picture of my BIG birds!

July 17, 2009, 6:59 pm
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flying the coop
June 2, 2009, 1:35 am
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The first time I saw this I freaked out! Then I realized it happens behind my back….all day long. The Japanese and Old English especially love to perch. I don’t worry anymore – they always seem capable of turning around and jumping back into the coop.

May 22, 2009, 4:59 am
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group shot

Although the chicks are still [my] babies, they have reached the “tween” stage. I can’t believe how fast they grow! I swear a fairy sprinkles growth hormones on them at night because I see something new every day. First it started with seeing ears develop, then they sprouted fuzzy tails, then the red frizzles’ feathers began to curl….then the chicks started to establish the pecking order, to fly (I’m not joking – I’m afraid they are going to literally “fly the coop” one of these days!), and gosh darn it, they are just_getting_big!

At week 1, I weighed Kung Fu Panda, the grey japanese, and Bruce, the white silkie. KFP was 20 grams, and Bruce was 33. KFP was the shrimp and Bruce was a monster! Today is week 3, and KFP weighs an admirable 66 grams and Bruce weighs 135!!!


King of the.... feeder??

King of the.... feeder??

Featuring Bruce, the white silkie
May 11, 2009, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Chicken Little

Okay, okay, so Bruce doesn’t saunter over until the VERY end….but here’s a good look at our chicks from a chick’s-eye view.

You want a piece of this? Huh, huh??
May 11, 2009, 4:26 am
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The two red frizzles and blue old english go at it to establish the pecking order. They just started this today…I can only imagine it gets worse! Keep watching, the two Frizzles hold a staring contest that lasts for quite some time!

Chicks, Day 3
May 6, 2009, 3:47 pm
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white silkienapping togetherNico and I have some unfortunate news: we lost two of our partridge cochins. One last night and one the night before. It certainly is sad, but we also want peace for the sick and weak birds. It has been unnerving the past couple of days observing the chicks, especially the two cochins. I’m worried about their health, are they eating enough?, and then begins “the pecking order” – literally. But today is Day 3, and I am hopeful that these birds will make it!

I went back to Pistils Nursery yesterday to share the fate of the one cochin and my observations of the second. I thought about picking up another partridge, but after looking at some photos and talking to the employees (which, by the way, I think it’s a requirement for them to love chickens, because they are so enthusiastic and educated!)…I chose a very small, doubtful-looking Grey Japanese. And after losing the second this morning, I’m going back to Pistils to pick up another Japanese – if they have it! I think there was only one left yesterday afternoon.

Pistils didn’t even charge me for the chick. In fact, they originally suggested me taking two Japanese! I was standing in line, ready to pay, when the lady who had been helping me asked, “Is there anything else you need?” And I motioned “no” and said I was in line to pay. “Oh no, no you don’t pay” and waves me off. That was really nice, I thought.

So here are some more pics of the peeps! I’ll be back soon with updates on their blossoming personalities and how the pecking order is arranging itself.
Ms. Grey Japanese

Chirp, chirp, chirp!
May 5, 2009, 12:45 am
Filed under: Chicken Little, Life

Nico and I have been anxiously awaiting the day that our chicks would arrive. It’s been 6 months sin9 fuzzy loversce we first toyed with the idea…a joke, really, that turned reality when we realized that chicks – for us – were the perfect pets. For one, how can you resist the adorable, fuzzy chicks? …which grow into, well, adorable, fuzzy hens?!? Not only are they docile pets, but they produce fresh organic eggs, fertilize your lawn, eat your leftovers, and provide endless entertainment.

It all started with an innocent visit to Pistils Nursery on Mississippi Street. And there she was – a beautiful and ridiculously funny-looking white silkie. I had never seen anything like it before in my life! And it was love at first sight.

After some research and serious thought, we came to the decision that chicks would make a wonderful addition to our home. I surfed sites like for interesting breeds, and read articles on raising them. I set aside 4 weeks to stay close and not travel…when your chicks are so young and fragile, they need constant care. But the hardest part was actually getting the breeds that I wanted! You can order online, but even then each breed has its own availability and the dates may not overlap. Pistils Nursery places weekly mass orders, and you choose from what they happen to have in. They don’t normally take requests, but I was set on white silkies, so weeks ago I asked them to try adding some to a May order. When one hatchery couldn’t fulfill this request, another one did! I couldn’t be happier. Of course, there was no guarantee they were mine – I had to beat the crowds and be first in line! I pretty much STALKED Pistils for three days, but they were really sweet about it and totally understanding.

Luck was on my side because not only did the white silkies come in, so did fun breeds like red frizzles and partridge cochins. I got three of each!

Stay tuned for updates on how the little ones are doing…