Chicks Growing Feathers

Our ladies are starting to get their feather tips (as I call them) I guess it’s the start of the scapular feathers, which usually come in about 3 weeks of age. You can see them well on the girl in the front of all the ladies (I think she is the photo star of them all as she seemed to like her picture being taken and would stand still for me.) Chicks 6 days old

They are so cute and active. Mostly quiet as they chirp, but not too much unless we are messing with them. We try to handle them a few times a day so they get used to it and it makes it easier when they get older to catch them to check them over or get them if they are sick. Chick 6 days

Today the girls had another ‘photo shoot’ and were fairly good subjects… too bad my camera was acting up, but I still got some good shots…Chick d days oldChicks 6 days

Our second go around with chick raising is going well and it is a lot less nerve-racking this time as we know more of what we are doing. Today is my last day of vacation and as with all vacations it went by way too fast. I do feel like it was a good one though as we got a lot done and got some needed rest. Hope you have a blessed week 🙂

Baby Chicks Full Day 1

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What a great start with our new chicks. They are a hoot and a half 🙂 Today we started their enrichment program and gave the girls some toys and things to explore. They got a fake tulip and a hard plastic/rubbery ball new dog toy that was small enough for them added to their box . They were timid at first… they approached the tulip slowly, explored it, and then promptly fell asleep on it…. approached the ball cautiously and then jumped on top of it… it was so funny. Chick

They are already smart as they hid handfuls of food under their bedding and when I pulled out the feeder to check it and see if it needed more or needed cleaning they went right to their storage and started pecking at it (which is how I knew where it was as the bedding was not dirty yet or in need of a change). My Buffies (as I call them now) are smart ladies already. Hope you enjoyed your Friday 🙂

Spring Surprise

Are you ready for the surprise I promised yesterday…. Baby chick Chick face

Baby chicks… Buff Orpington baby chicks to be exact 🙂 I am really excited about trying a new bread and these ladies are supposed to grow up to be a nice brown/tan color.

We got them at one of many feed stores we have been checking out to see who was going to get what bread in. When I heard this feed store had Buff Orpington’s coming in I was a happy lady (I also wanted eater eggers, but they didn’t have them… maybe next year) 😉 Box

The dogs seem to be enjoying the new ladies and are like me… they could watch the ladies for a long time.  I keep a good eye on them and they are not allowed in the room without my hubby or I just for safety reasons… even though they have both been though having baby chicks in the house before and get along well with those chickens now, you can never be too careful 🙂 Chase look Bax look

After we got them home they ate and drank right away and then took a nap.Chicks eat

I know some of you may have thought I was going to announce a human baby… no luck in that area yet, but baby chicks still fill a mom instinct when they are babies 🙂 ChicksI am so excited for new ladies to raise and get fresh eggs from and it helps after loosing a lady the other week 🙂 I will keep you updated on their progress and growth as well as their cuteness 🙂

 

Suprising Wednesday

Today was an interesting day… it was sunny and slightly windy when we left the house this morning and then by the time we got where we were going it was snowing and pretty windy, then by the time we got home it was cloudy and windy… so windy. You can tell spring is trying to come out as the local markets we passed all had their flowers out ready to sell…flowers

And the sheep were out finding new tuffs of green grass…Sheep

The dogs had a great day traveling with us again. The only bad news is we only have 4 more days to do thing we need to do 😦 (But I might have a spring surprise for you tomorrow ;))

Good Day…To Good Week

We are having a stay-cation this week… never heard of this… it is a vacation where you stay home to get things done that you can’t when you are working full-time. So we have a lot planed for this week and are trying to make sure the dogs can be with us even on our errands and day trips. We are enjoying our time this week to be together, get things done, and be on our own time-table.  So far we have gotten all our doctors appointment’s out-of-the-way, we have run a lot of errands, figured out where we want to get our new chicks, gotten the new chicks area ready for them to come home to, figured out how we are going to improve the chicken coop and gotten some of the supplies, went on a couple of hikes on the trails or at the parks, and the list goes on. All in two days and we have much more on the list to do. We have plans for every day through Sunday before I have to go back to work on Monday. It may seem crazy to take a hard-earned vacation to do chores, errands, etc. but you have to do what keep you ahead and keeps everyone (even the chickens and dogs) happy. And the boys are sure happy being with us 24/7…Chase

Cow Face

It was another cloudy day, but the sun still tried to come out to play. We had a lot to do today and got it all done 🙂 The boys got to go with us all day and had a good time riding in their Daddy’s truck. On our travels we saw this big guy staring at us when we were at a stop sign…Cow Face

Happy Monday Mr. Cow… Have a happy week 😉

Frist Walk of Spring

We finally got a really nice day yesterday and had time to take the dogs for a walk/run… Our boys love it when they get to go to certain parks as there is opportunity for them to run and explore off leash and still be safe so we don’t worry. I just love to watch the progression of a dog in mid run…Chase run 1Chase run 2Chase run 3
How cute is Chase when he is in his happy run… I see you smiling 😉

And Baxter had to get in on the happy running action too… Baxter RunI just love my boys, a sunny day, and a nice walk 🙂 (and hubby being with us too… that is icing on the cake walk 😉 )

Have You Seen This… Blind dog and his Best Friend

I had to share this little gem of a find. Hubby showed it to me the other day and instantly I thought of my two boys. Not because Baxter is blind, but because these two pups look so much like my Baxter and Chase and I know my Chase would do anything for his big brother… You know how some people say we all have a twin in the world that looks like us… It is kind of cool as it seems Baxter and Chase have twins in the world too.Blind dog n friend

Hubby found this story and photo on http://now.msn.com/blind-dog-friends-with-terrier-helps-him-to-walk-and-see

It seems the black lab (like Baxter) is loosing his sight and his friend a terrier (like Chase) is now his eyes and is with the black lab 24/7 leading him around. You can check out the link for the whole story. It makes me smile and cry as it is so wonderful to see kindness like this… we humans could learn a lesson from these two 🙂 Giving and accepting help are both wonderful gifts 🙂

Snow to Sun

Two days ago it looked like this…Fence snow

Today it was sunny and looked like this…Red Barn

Funny how it can go from freezing to sunny… not to say it wasn’t freezing even though it was sunny the wind was blowing so hard. I was expecting to come home and find the chickens unable to move and frozen against the fence. They were all moving around when I got home and appeared happy so all was well. I hope the wind goes away. I have a lot to do outside next week. 🙂

Chicken Neck (Yucky picture to follow)

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I finally got a picture of the lady who has the feather’s missing from her neck. I wanted to post them to see if anyone had any additional advice. We are keeping the purple spray and a lotion on her daily. I may have to isolate her though if it doesn’t get better soon, but I hate to as she loves being outside and jumping the fence to explore. So if you have any ideas on what it could be or if you have dealt with this before let me know your ideas. Thanks 🙂 chickn neck

 

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