Monday, March 14, 2011
Meet The Homestead's Six Baby Chicks
We now have six baby chicks in the brooder. Two Golden Comets. Two Red Pullets & two Silver Leghorns was what we were told they were. We were also told the only two that could maybe be a rooster are the Golden Comets. We are hoping for just one rooster. Sam & his little dog are watching over the little flock. The little dog is protective of them just like he has been with all of the ducklings our ducks have hatched. The first duckings we bought at Tractor Supply eight years ago & the little dog would let them sleep next to him in his little dog carrier. I was surprised the baby chicks can already hop & fly a short distance inside the brooder with such little wings. They are all so small & cute. They are much quieter than I thought they would be. But then they are not alone very long. We no sooner got them in the brooder & all three of the kids were reaching in to get a baby chick to hold. Then I heard them talking about what to name all of them. Oh my I really did not plan to give them each a name. Since they are to be raised for laying egg's then later eaten. Not sure how this will all unfold in the month's to come. We may just have egg layer's. I forgot to ask how long it would be until they start laying egg's. Do any of you know? I received a phone call from the man I contacted about building us a simple little chicken coop & he has given me a price. I took my dolls to the shop over the weekend & I am really hoping they & the other craft items I took in will sell so we can use the cash to pay for a chicken coop. I almost did not take anything into the shop. I was discouraged by a comment made by a family member. I am glad I took the leap & went ahead & went to the shop with my creations. The shop owner said he was really impressed & did not expect anything like them. He said he really liked the dolls & all the other creations I took in. He took twelve items to try on consignment to start with. He went as far as to offer to do an open house for me in the fall & at Christmas. I was shocked. I like my creations but never really gave a thought that someone else would be that impressed with them. Be fore leaving he told me I had free rein as what to make & bring in & I would have no one else to compete with. For me this is an honor that I must give the Good Lord thanks for.
The weather is improving & the mild winds are drying up the mud around the homestead. There is so much I want to do outside in the rock flower beds. I want to start some of the flowers seeds I have soon. I finally found Viola seeds at Lowes. My hopes of having the potting shed & box garden this year looks like they will not happen. Maybe another year. I am not giving up on my dream.
The ducks are still sneaking into the pond for a quick swim. So far they have not eaten any of the fish. I have been counting the fish each time I catch the sneaky little ducks swimming on the garden pond. I will still be looking into a netting for the pond Or a small fence for around it.
Thanks for stopping in & meeting our baby chicks. I will try & share more photos of them as they grow. I will be busy trying three new patterns I got really good deals on. I will let you in on what they are now. A Piggy, Bunny & Prairie Bonnet. If I can make them I will share some photo's of them as I finish them. I have been digging in my fabric stash today. Time to use some of it up.
Blessings Til Next Time!