The chicks are growing up fast.    I’ve been giving them greens from the garden and scraps from the kitchen and I am afraid I’ve spoiled them already!  But who can blame me, I so enjoy them going after spaghetti noodles and chopped strawberries and running ’round in circles going “peep, peep, peep!”

We are also “handling” them as much as we can.   This is by far the (secret) key to raising friendly hens, give them as much human contact as possible!   By picking up and (gently) “handling” chicks regularly they mature to become mild-mannered and friendly when they reach adulthood.  I’ve seen Sis take unruly chickens and ducks that folks bring by and just by proper handling their demeanor/behavior changes!   She certainly has a gift!

Feathers are coming in and pretty soon they’ll be ready to fly their brooder and join the others.   I am sure that’s going to shake up the pecking order a bit!

In the meantime, these three little peepers are learning to preen their new feathers and stretching their fast growing legs.   I love it when they do the “chicken pose” – standing on one foot and stretching!

As for names, this year we choose to have friends do the honors since this batch seems to belong to the “community” more.  Seeing the love the community has for these little gals, makes me realize how lucky and blessed we are to have such an opportunity to have a barnyard in our backyard  these two decades.   The two Silver Laced Wyandottes have been given names, one’s Darla and the other Josephine (aka Josie)   As for the Buff Orpington, her name will have to wait till Sunday.  By then, our friend says, she will have narrowed down the list of possible names to one!  Of course our three friends are thrilled to become chicken “godmothers.”

Local folks, please feel free to stop by and “handle” our chickens.  The more handling the merrier our hens will be.


  1. Tracy says:

    My four little New Hampshire reds are cute and growing up too. They are a little younger than these here. Unfortunately my city doesn’t allow backyard chickens so I may have to give them up. 🙁 I want to undertake the task of amending city law, but am looking for clarity. How much space do you have between your chickens and your neighbor’s properties?

  2. Lori says:

    Anais, Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to post. I really enjoy reading about what all is happening with your family homestead. It is a constant source of inspiration for me as our homesteading life style is fairly new.
    Chicks are great. And its always rough for me to watch the big girls & the young girls work out the pecking order. In my world they should all just run to each other and snuggle & love lol but after a few days of a little pecking they always come out as friends & all is good in the world again 🙂
    We too end up with extra eggs so I may try the pickling thing. I remember as a kid watching my parents eat them but I don’t ever remember eating them myself. Wish I lived close by because I’d come over & beg to buy a few from you to try 🙂 Have you ever thought about selling samples of some of your home canned goodies for people who haven’t tried certain things & would like to before putting up a batch of their own? Just a thought 🙂 May Your Blessings be Many

  3. Gottalovechickens! says:

    What do you feed your chickens? We, too, use kitchen scraps, but it isn’t enough for a balanced diet. We are considering growing supplemental food for them. I have also read that black oil sunflower seeds (wild bird seed?) are very good for poultry, especially if sprouted. The seed covering is supposed to be softer than the typical sunflower seeds we eat. If I try growing them, it must be next year. Are your kitchen scraps enough for supplementing their feed? Have you tried black oil sunflower seed?

    As an aside, do you grow any other squashes other than that really cool squash that is very long and hangs?

    Happy egg collecting!!

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