Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Care and Feeding of Baby Chicks + Giveaway Winner Announced

Barred Rock and Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicks

Our baby chicks arrived at our local feed store this week. They are so cute and sweet. During the day we hear little peeps coming from our guest bedroom where they are currently residing. We chose breeds that make great backyard chickens  in terms of disposition and egg laying. The three we have gotten so far have all been named by our 3.5 year old. I would like to introduce you to Heart Kiss, Cookie, and Ice Cream.

  The breeds we chose are: 
Barred Rock, Ameraucana aka "Easter Egger", Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Gold Laced Wyandotte (arrives next weekend). The Ameraucana will give us beautiful blue/green eggs, and the others will be brown.

As adults they will look like this: 
Left to right: Barred Rock image via, Ameraucana via, Gold Laced Wyandotte via, Silver Laced Wyandotte via. Aren't they GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see them clucking around the lawn.


Well hello little day old Ameraucana chick

 What Baby Chicks Require
Chickens make great pets and are easier than most other pets to raise. However, new chicks are very fragile and need special care to survive. They are shipped from hatcheries just after hatching and the travels are hard on the new babies. It's not uncommon for some of the chicks to die during the trip or be "on the way out' upon arrival and in the days after bringing them home. They go without food or water for a day or longer during shipping and often go through weather they cannot handle. So it's important they get the attention they need immediately after arriving at your home or feed store.

I have created a printable page here with more information on  how to care for baby chicks. 

Thank you all who entered the Tea Collection giveaway. It was a lot of fun and I plan on doing more awesome giveaways in the future! The winner was picked randomly through Random.org (multiple comments were not counted as multiple entries) and is The Stone Family! Congratulations, I will be emailing you shortly. 

8 comments:

  1. Love those little peeps! Take plenty of pictures with the girls.

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  2. LOVE! I can't wait to see the pretty blue eggs!!!

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  3. They are adorable... my Uncle used to have a farm, and I would go in and play with the chicks.... it did smell though... "giggles"

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  4. I want to get chicks so bad now!!!

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  5. Oh my goodness, are you the best Mom ever or what??!! I am saying this because I was born and bred in Brookyn, NY and we had a 'florist' in the store next to our apt. building and, when I was small, during Easter he sold baby ducks and chicks!!! (And keep in mind: this is the city, in the 1960's!!) And Oh, Man! How I wanted a chick or baby duck when I was little for Easter!! My mother said, "Gloria, what are we going to do with a chicken in our apt.?" And my Daddy, who normally gave me anything I wanted, wouldn't purchase it!! I guess he knew the little animal would die if he bought it for me. Of course, being a little kid, I didn't understand, I didn't "get" it. A chick or baby duck cannot survive in an apt.! In the city?? I didn't THINK of a GROWN chicken or a DUCK in an apt.! BUT, I do think it's great that you can provide a space and get the chicks for your kids. Tell them MY story about living in the city and being "sad" and not being able to get a chick when I was little, and that they are very lucky! As a matter of fact, I should do a blog post on this one day! LOL!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  6. Oh my stars!!!! What I would give to have these little cuties roam my tiny backyard!!! I love them. I heart that you are doing this!

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  7. Beautiful chicks! I can't wait to see what you do with the eggs, your girls are going to have a ball, and learn so much!

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  8. Your chicks are adorable! I hope you have more hens than I do! Thank you for popping by Velvet and Linen. It's always great hearing from another chicken lover :)

    xo
    Brooke

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