Pet Projects, Part 1
A few of you might have guessed the pet project I alluded to in my last post. Yep, chicks. Eight of them. We've been talking about raising chickens for a few years now, but kept putting it off because we didn't have a coop. Our local feed store received their first batch of chicks last week, and George promised that if I got the chicks he would finally build the coop.
Unfortunately all the Ameraucana chicks were sold out by the time we got there, and while I wanted to wait until more came in, the kids were not about to leave the feed store without chicks. So I caved and we came home with 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Delawares, 2 Wyandottes and 2 Rhode Island Reds.
In a sad turn of events, one of the Rhode Island Reds failed to thrive. Avery and I did what we could for her, but she didn't make it.
Aidan was absolutely crushed, and in between sobs insisted we return to the feed store to get a new one, "so then it will be like it never happened." How could I refuse? We needed some more pine bedding anyways. Boy can chicks poop.
Well all the chicks except for the new Rhode Island Red we brought home. I'll spare you the messy details, but let's just say she had some plumbing issues. Fortunately I had been doing research about baby chicks and knew what to do. I never would have guessed that on a Saturday night I would be sitting on the garage floor with a chick in one hand, a warm, wet washcloth in the other hand, and George by my side armed with a toothpick. But our procedure worked and now we fancy ourselves lifesavers.
So there it is - the first of our adventures in chicken rearing. We've got a few weeks to build a coop, and a few more months before we start collecting eggs; which is a very good thing because the price of our locally laid eggs just doubled. You might think we have our hands full with this pet project, but being the crazy people we are we've taken on a few more. Stay tuned for "Pet Projects, Part 2".
Posted by Molly at 12:28 PM