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baby animals

New Chick Day!

by Lisa Linderman on March 2, 2011

in baby animals,chickens

When we started in with chickens a few years ago, we had five.  Five was a good number for providing us with eggs, and for keeping in our small suburban yard.  Then we up and moved, and found ourselves with a much larger yard.  The chickens aged a bit and cut back on their laying, [...]

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We’ve had an incredibly wet spring, even for us here in the Pacific NorthWet, where things tend to sprout moss and algae in the blink of an eye.  Sunday we had rain falling at half an inch an hour, for about three hours.  That’s a lot of water.  More than my garden needs, thank you.  [...]

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They Grow So Fast…

by Lisa Linderman on April 12, 2010

in baby animals,broody,chickens

The chickies are 2 weeks old now, and they’re already feathering out nicely.  I’m still curious to see what their final coloration will be, and really hoping that at least one is a blue hen.  Crossing fingers!   Looks like feathered legs are dominant, given the fact that most of them have feathers on their legs. [...]

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Invasion of the Chicks

by Lisa Linderman on March 29, 2010

in baby animals,broody,chickens

Last night, Todd went outside to check on things before bed.  When he came in, he announced that he’d seen one lone fuzzy chick standing on the nest in front of Racer X.  Yay!  So we knew both that we had at least one successful hatching, and that hatching had commenced. I went out today [...]

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More Chickens, Coming Up!

by Lisa Linderman on March 5, 2010

in baby animals,broody,chickens

It’s so hard in the spring, walking into the feed stores and the local Wilco farm store and seeing the big brooders full of cute, fuzzy, peeping chicks. So cute! So tempting! So far, I’ve resisted the urge to even touch the little balls of fluff, let alone purchase any, but it’s like some low-level [...]

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Birdies Birdies Everywhere

by Lisa Linderman on August 12, 2009

in baby animals,birds,chickens

Today was apparently the Day of the Birds around here! Last week, a gal posted on PDXBackyardChix that she had three “escape artist” hens she needed to rehome. She got an offer in Oregon City, but she lives not too far from me, and that’s a long ways from where we are. I happened to [...]

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Final Chick Tally

by Lisa Linderman on July 31, 2009

in baby animals,broody,chickens

Of the original dozen eggs we put under the broody hen, we have four survivors. To my untrained eye, they appear to be three Rhode Island Reds and a Silver Laced Wyandotte. The only reason I can even guess that closely is that I know I only got RIR and SLW eggs, plus one Aracauna [...]

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House Sparrows

by Lisa Linderman on July 23, 2009

in baby animals,birds

Apparently my yard is ideal House Sparrow breeding ground. Well, given how prolific they are in general and how adaptable, I’m not sure that’s any great distinction, but it’s certainly no less true. On the eaves of my front porch there is a battered old bird house, which came with the house when we bought [...]

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Birds, Birds, Everywhere

by Lisa Linderman on June 19, 2009

in baby animals,birds,robins

The baby robins have fledged. They sure grew quickly! This was taken June 4th. Little more birdlike and less fuzzy than the first pink things that came out of the eggs… And June 7th. What a difference a few days makes! And finally June 13th, the evening before they all fledged and spread out. Way [...]

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I’ve been sick for over two solid weeks now. I came down with my husband’s cold the Saturday I was in Boise for my second cousin’s graduation. And then it just hung on. Coughing, lost voice, fatigue, lots of fun. Apparently I had some severe allergy attacks on top of the cold, which triggered my [...]

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