Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Guess what! We’ve got new babies at our house and we’re loving them silly. I’m sure the photo above gives you a big hint. Yes, we got chickens. Baby chicks to be exact.
I caught chicken fever last fall, but apparently they are a spring thing. Once spring finally arrived, the Kitchen Genius balked (chicken pun intended!). Undeterred, I checked out every book about chickens that I could find at my local libraries and left them laying (ha!) all over the house.
The kids got in on the action too. They were enthusiast supporters of this idea and many dinner conversations centered on the subject. Finally about 10 days ago, KG called and asked, “Do you really want chickens?”
Uh, let’s think about this for a few minutes – or six months...YES! I can’t go into all the details here, because I wrote about our experience for the Cape Cod Times, but if you’re interested you can read the story I wrote here.
Even though I had all those books, I had only been dipping into them here and there. Once I knew my chicklets were coming home, I was an anxious as a pregnant woman expecting her first baby, reading every baby book she can find. Seriously, I ploughed through four books in as many days.
Due date came ten days ago, and the whole family headed to Falmouth to pick up our chicks. Here's what we had to choose from:
Of course everyone had to pick out their own (and name her). This is our son Tommy's little Dumpling. We think she is a Blue Andalusian, which means she could be black or white when she grows up.
We got a chick for our daughter’s boyfriend Gary because he eats dinner at our house every night, so he needs eggs too. Plus, he just really wanted one. Here he is with Piper, who we think is a Silver Laced Wyandotte.
There was no way our granddaughter Skylar was going to be left out of this fun. Her chick is named Tinkerbell and she is a Blue Andalusian too.
The kids spend alot of time watching them. They are more entertaining than TV.
Right now the little ladies live in their coop in our basement, but we’ll be moving them outside in a couple of weeks when the weather gets warmer and KG finishes building a run for them.
I’m so enamored with them that I check on them about ten times a day. We're trying to socialize our chicks because we want them to love us. It seems to be working.
They not only eat out of my hand, but climb into it now. Here's my favorite chicken, Sassy (hopefully a Black Australorp). She and the little yellow Buttercup (a White Rock) are the friendliest ones.
I already plan to get six more next year. Our chicks won’t lay eggs for about five months, but everyone we know already wants our eggs. My hairdresser said she would trade her services for eggs and the guy who owns the local package store has offered to barter wine for eggs. Five other people have offered to buy them from us.
They really are quite entertaining, so I’m including a video of them so you can see for yourself. I sound like a dork in the video, but that’s why I’m a writer and not a newscaster.
In other news, our garden is almost planted and it’s even bigger than last year. So far I’ve planted potatoes, radishes, lettuce, kale, peas, beans, beets, broccoli rabe and winter squash. I’m planning to plant tomatoes, cukes and fava beans this weekend.
Thanks for still stopping by even though I’ve been away creating a farmyard in my backyard. I’ll get back to sharing my cooking and recipes again real soon.