Thursday, October 15, 2009

25 Chicks and 1 Hen

Yesterday we got 25 chicks and one hen.  We weren't planning on getting chicks or a chicken so soon, but we went ahead & got them.  We got:

7 Araucanas chicks
10 Bantam chicks

Also we got 1 Bantam hen with her 8 chicks

We got them from the Amish farm market which isn't too far away from our house.  The 17 chicks without a mother are separate from the hen and her chicks.  The 17 chicks are much more friendly and bold than the ones with the hen.  They'll sit on my finger, nibble at anything immediately.  They drink so much water and seem to eat endlessly when they aren't sleeping.  These chicks are alittle smaller than the ones with the hen.

Here's the hen with her chicks.  Her chicks are more scared, if I go near them, momma hen spreads her wings & the chicks climb under to saftey.

7 chicks under momma's wings, 1 to go

We are now busy planning & building the chicken coop!  We need to get these guys out of the house!


Sue said...

Oh how cute! It's interesting that the chicks raised with their momma are so "cautious". Maybe the others that are alone feel YOU are their momma!

Poconoangel said...

I love the picture of the chick peaking out from mama's wing!!! Have fun!- Barb

Robin said...

Oh, I am SO excited for you!!!!

Razzberry Corner said...

Sue - It is interesting to compare the babies with the momma to the momma-less ones. The momma-less ones have a big disadvantage - they are not as advanced in their chick-knowledge as the other ones. Eventually we'll put them all in the coop together; I hope the momma takes to teaching the other babies then.

Barb - I love to see the babies underneath the momma like that! Once there was 5 little heads poking out - but I didn't have the camera ready.

Robin - Thanks! I know you have already been thru all this, so you are the chick pro! Any recommendations are welcome!!!