Spring Chicks

Hens only have a few prime years before they stop regularly laying eggs. Since our flock is on their 3rd year of laying, we bought 5 new chicks to rotate in. The children are absolutely love struck by the downy little puff-balls!

Letting them raise backyard chickens has assuaged any lingering traces of guilt I may have held after refusing their pleads for a pet kitten. Chicks are just as cute and far more practical.

Plus, with all the bird-chirping, chick-cheeping, flower-blooming and butterfly-catching, it feels like some kind of Disney version of spring all of a sudden. We're more than ready for Easter.

They're still debating names. Our older hens are all named after flowers {Rose, Violet, Daisy, etc...} so they're leaning towards naming the new flock after storybook characters. Little Miss C wants Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, & Snow White. E says that's fine with him as long as he gets to name the other two Bear and Big Bad Wolf. :)

We'll see how this goes.


The Dragonfly said...

They are cute! I sure wish our HOA would allow us to raise chickens. Alas, they don't and instead we have a dumb rabbit.

Amber - Binkertation said...

so cute! I grew up on a farm and always had pet chicks, hens, and roosters! My favorite was named 'Red Island' (a Rhode Island Red chicken - I was awfully creative)

I'm sure your little will ones will cherish the memory of their spring chicks!

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