Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Babies

11 Comments:

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Bukko Canukko said...

Just in time for Easter! I remember how dyed chicks used to be sold at Easter time all over the place when I was a kid. We never bought any, but I've heard that almost all of them died within days of being purchased. Not that chickens have the most refined feelings, but the idea that millions of little lives were just snuffed for the amusement of children still repulses me. Our entire species is going to hell for what we did to animals.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger Kitty said...

Hi Weaseldog and Bukko!!!

But these are just dark chicks right? Hopefully nobody dyed them... :(

A very old friend at church, who bakes for coffee hour every week, was telling me about "victory cake" that her mother made during WW2 cause they had very few eggs... it made me remember that I want to get some chickens...

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Nah, I didn't dye them.

They are mutt chicks. They'll come out in different colors and patterns.

Their daddy is a Blue and Bblack Orpington cross. The mamas are Black Australorps, Welsummers, Buff Orpington and an Americuana / Black Orpington mix.

The rooster, if bred to black feathered hens has a chance of having 'blue' offspring. That looks like the case of the one on top. The black one came from a green egg from my Americuana cross. I'm guessing the brown one has the Welsummer for a momma.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Oh and no little kids will be handling these to death. Chicks at this age need to be kept warm. Their brood mother is the buff Orpington. She's pecked me a few dozen times already when I've checked her to remove the broken shells.

She'll be a good mother.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Just checked. Another 'blue' chick has hatched.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger edgar said...

Cool. Can't you train them to lay white eggs like the ones I buy at the store? Do they always lay a dozen at a time? [/sarcasm]

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

LOL Edgar!

Have only two unhatched eggs now. :)

Maybe these will make it, with the chicken eating Raccoon taken care of.

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger Bukko Canukko said...

I wasn't implying they were dyed. Just remembering past unthinking cruelties of our system. I realize chicks, like chickens, come in many colours. I'd like to have backyard chickens someday, but we'll have to be in a more rural setting first. As a survivalist measure, Mrs. Bukko likes the idea of beekeeping. In addition to honey, the bees would provide wax for candles and they pollinate crops. Lower impact on neighbours than chickens, too.

 
At 4:07 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Even the dyed ones are just dyed with food coloring. What kills the Easter chicks is the excessive handling and lack of warmth.

If they survive that, then they go to that special chicken farm, for retired Easter chicks....

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger edgar said...

Easter chicks that survive become rebellious [adults].

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger an average patriot said...

All right! Lets hope they don't get eaten this time!

 

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