Monday, February 20, 2012

On Baby Chicks

Did I miss winter? Did it come and go and I blinked? We have had such wonderful weather here over the past few months. We did have an occasional rain/wind storm (which is our normal daily forecast in the winter) but otherwise the weather has been really nice. It has been cold, this morning was 34 degrees, but it is sunny!

I don't know if I'm just getting my hopes up or if we really will have a mild winter and an early spring.

I'm already figuring out which garden seeds I need to order on my next Azure order. I still have some seed from last year that I will put to use in the garden this spring too.

Along with spring comes thoughts of new life and if you're of the farm girl type, that new life often includes baby chicks.

This will be Layton's first year in 4-H. Since he is under 9 years of age, he has joined 4-H Mini. He'll be able to show a chicken at the fair this year and this has gotten his mama (me) so excited. I'm going chick crazy. At first I thought he could just show a Buff Orpington since those are the chickens that we primarily keep and they are friendly and docile to boot.

Then I remembered last year at the fair. EVERYONE had a Buff Orpington chicken. So we decided that this year we're going to be "different"... in a good way.

I have on order....... Black Australorps,Partridge Rocks,Speckled Sussexs,and Golden Laced Wyandottes.

I'm going to let Layton decide what he wants to show but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the Speckled Sussex. They are such a unique, beautiful bird!

We also hatched 8 baby chicks in a loaned incubator here at home a few days ago. If you follow me on Facebook then you've seen their picture!

I'm hoping that we're in for a wonderful fair and harvest of eggs starting in August.


Unknown said...

How fun! We've had Golden Laced Wyandottes and Black Australorps, loved them both. :) Hope you have an early spring...that means we will too! :) We've had very mild weather too, aside from one good snowfall. I am NOT complaining! This farm girl is READY for spring! Started seeds in the greenhouse yesterday and planted peas in the garden. I'm ready!

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Those Golden Laced Wyandottes are beautiful! I need to get my order in...

Michele said...

I pray that someday we can be in a place in life that we can have chickens! Air Force living and constant moving does not lend itself to that yet! Love the Golden Laced Wyandottes...they are gorgeous! Enjoy the beautiful weather.

Kim said...

Wow~you have gone chick crazy!! Layton will have so much fun showing any of those pretty birds. I don't think I've ever seen a Speckled, but we loved our Wyandottes~good Momma's too!

Unknown said...

Speckled Sussex are my favorites! We've had two so far and both were so friendly (and productive). Definitely adding another couple to our flock this year :)

CrankyPuppy said...

Dang, I wish I could add some more ladies to my flock this year. Those Wyandottes are beautiful. But there's no vacancy at our hen hotel. You'll love your Black Austrolorps - ours are so gentle, love being held, and love to talk to you.

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