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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chickens For Christmas !

Our first-born grandchild C.T. is passionate about animals, especially horses, reptiles & chickens.He gets pretty excited when talking about certain breeds of bantam ( tiny ) chickens. He has been raising Mlle Fleurs to show but his parents' hunting dogs have thwarted his loving and hard work by breaking into the pens and killing the chickens our grandson loves. For his Christmas present his grandpa & I decided we would order chicks for him, to raise here. C.T. & I ordered a variety of Mlle Fleurs, D-Uccles, Porcelains, and 5 black bantam Cochins for me.
The chicks arrived almost 2 weeks ago in a box via the U.S. mail.
Aren't they cute? ! ?
C.T. was so excited and very eager to share his enthusiasm over the little bundles of fluff with his baby brother, Little 'J'.
The weather here is very wet & cold. The temperatures have been below 30 degrees most nights, so the chicks are being raised in our sun-room for now.Because we have indoor cats who stand over the brooder and lick their lips, we protect the chicks by placing old barbecue grills over the stainless steel bucket. The aluminum foil is used to cover the bucket to keep the heat in (without risking the fire danger other coverings might cause) as this is the coldest room in our home and baby chicks need to be warm to thrive.
It is kind of hard to decorate for Christmas around a batch of baby chicks who need their brooder cleaned at least twice a day...the parakeets in the cage to the left seem to be enjoying the chirping chicks though.
...but the happy smiles and joy it brings from our oldest Grandson make it more than worthwhile. C.T. is going to keep a detailed record of these chicks and help me at least once a week with the cleaning and set-up involved with keeping them here. His ultimate goal is to move the best of them to his back yard, raising and breeding them for show. Another part of his present is that after Christmas, he and I will work on a joint blog all about our poultry raising endeavors.

15 comments:

Deanna said...

Think it's neat that you and your Grandson will be blogging together. Raising these chicks will be a great adventure for your lil guy!

Have a very Merry Christmas and God bless,
d

rkbsnana said...

Love that smile on your handsome grandson

romance-of-roses said...

This is so darling. We always taught our children love for the animals and I see you are doing the same thing. I applaud you and know your handsome grandson will grow up a healthy strong man who will love all animals and perhaps even keep bees like your hubby. I love this post. Hugs...Lu

Pondside said...

The look on your grandson's face says it all - the delight is wonderful. What a wonderful gift you've given him by feeding his passion and making time with you part of that gift.

goatpod2 said...

How fun and cute!

Blessings,

Amy

Southern Comfort said...

He seems like such a sweet boy. I know it was heart breaking to lose those first chickens-I know how it feels. This is a wonderful project between him and his grandparents. He looks very contented!

Paula said...

Oh, how wonderful, Kathy... this reminds me of when I got my first chickens... I was younger than C.T. but I think I had the same smile on my face!! :)

Eggs In My Pocket said...

What a wonderful thing to be blogging together! Sweet grandson and sweet chicks! blessings,Kathleen

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Kathy, you guys are just the best. I love how you are supporting his dream, and can't wait to read your joint blog. Your home is so beautiful! That is very clever to use the BBQ grill to keep those kitties out.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kathy M.

Karen said...

They are adorable. Brings back memories of Grandmother's chickens!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a blessing y'all are in this child's life; all children should be so blessed!
Merry Christmas, Kathy, from Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

Maple Lane said...

What great fun to raise these chicks and then to blog about them. Wonderful pictures, CT.

LindaSueBuhl said...

I think CT is a great guy - and he has pretty wonderful grandparents - perfect gift - the chicks and the cooperative raising efforts. You and Jim hit a homerun with this gift for certain! Looking forward to the blog about chicks - Lord willing - we will be ordering new chicks for our coop before too awfully long - thinking Black Australorps but might change my mind again!

Dolores said...

What a handsome young man!!!! The joy on his face is priceless.....
The baby chicks are so cute...... it's great that he'll be able to help care for them and raise them.
Hugs,

Vickie said...

Kathy - that's so wonderful that you and your grandson will be working on this project together. I hate that his other chicks were killed. I know that made him sad, but I'll bet his eyes and little heart just lit up when those new chicks arrived! Have fun and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!