Friday, January 06, 2012

New peeps!

We got a new batch of baby chicks yesterday!  This batch has 26 babies and so far all of them are getting settled in.  There is one chick that seems to be a runt and a little weaker than the others, but we are watching her closely.

Travis read in a book that you should introduce your pets to the chicks and let them know they are yours.  Here Travis is explaining to Hercules that the chicks are his and he is not to touch them.  We'll see if that sinks in.  We also showed the new chicks to Pepper and explained the same thing to her and all the while she was licking her chops.  

It is amazing to what a difference 2 weeks makes in their growth.  Here are our 2 week old chicks looking a bit like awkward teenagers compared to the new cutie pies.... but, they are still adorable!

Stay tuned for some chick flicks!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Chick Pics

We have 14 chicks left and they are doing great.  Travis loves having them and is very dedicated to their care.  If I call him and he doesn't answer I know it is because he is down in the basement checking on them, feeding them, checking their temperature or changing their water.   

So far we have found the chicks love meal worms, wheat germ, and chopped vegetables, but are not fond of strawberries.  

It is amazing how quickly the chicks change from day to day.  They are getting fuller, taller, and their fuzz or down is being replaced by feathers.  It is interesting to see their feathers coming in and what kind of markings they have.   Awww, such pretty girls!

Chicken Chronicles- Christmas Day Massacre

This cute little thing took out half of our flock on Christmas day.  It happened when I went to the base and was gone for all of 15 minutes.  When I returned, Pepper was outside romping around.  I was about to let her in when Noah met me at the door crying to leave her outside because she killed some of the chicks.  All of the kids were upset but especially Noah.

It happened like this... Travis was busy cleaning a couple of the chicks when he heard a commotion in the basement and yelled for Noah to check on them because he thought Pepper might be in the "hen house."  Noah ran down to the basement and found Pepper in the baby pool with the chicks and yelled at her to get out, but, it was too late.  There were 6 dead, 3 casualties, and 3 walking wounded.   Travis had to put 3 down later that night and over the next day or so three more died.  

It took a day or so for the kids to warm back up to Pepper and treat her like a part of the family again.  We tried to explain that she is a dog and just doing what dogs instinctively do.  However, we learned a valuable lesson from the tragedy and now we know we must be diligent about protecting the chicks from the dogs... especially Pepper!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Got chicks?

We do!  We are now the owners of a flock of chicks.  They are adorable and we are very excited about the prospect of farm fresh eggs this summer.  We know it will be work and will take everyone to do their part to take care of the chicks and we hope this will be a good experiment for the whole family.

The chicks were mailed from TX and arrived on the 23rd.    When we went to pick them up at the post office the first thing we heard were the chicks peeping up a storm.  I’m sure they were very thirsty, hungry, and stressed from the journey.  

There were 27 chicks in the box and only one died in route.  Travis took them out of the box one by one and gave each of them some water.  Travis ordered an assorted batch of chicks, so it was exciting to see each one as he took them out of the box.  Before long the baby pool quickly filled up with the 26 most adorable chicks we had ever seen!

Stay tuned!