Friday, May 1, 2009
Chicks Are Here....
~What can I say, the cute factor is here big time at Cedar Pond! Chicks...little, teeny, fluffy, peeping, cute, baby chickens!~
~My order ( yes, ORDER ) of chicks came in the mail today...in a little box too! I ordered 15 Cuckoo Marans , they are the black and white chicks, and 10 Welsummer chicks. Both breeds will grow to lay dark, chocolate colored eggs. ( above, the chicks in their box before I moved them to their brooding box)~
~ I couldn't resist, I let the chicks run around for awhile. Welsummer chick is on the left, the Maran is the black and white chick.~
~It is so amazing to me that as soon as chicks hatch out they are able to drink water, look for food, and all they need is warmth, food and water, and protection. They eat, drink, forage and seek warmth by themselves. Nobody taught them this!~
~My cat proof brooder. See, the very grill you barbecue your chicken on can also be the very grill that protects your little chicks from the house cat...our Miss Marple. Here ( above ) I have placed the chickens in a big Rubbermaid bin with the grill as a cover, and the heat lamps are sitting on top to keep the chicks warm. They will be in this brooder in the sun room for about a week, then I will move them outside to a my big brooding shed.~