New baby chicks today! The little blondes are White Leghorns, the little brunettes Araucanas. The babies are just two days old and are quite a lively bunch. They will live in their brooder (and under their heat lamp) for four weeks. When they're fully feathered and when the weather is warmer (and it will be soon!), they'll go out to their coop. I've never raised chickens without the help of a mother hen before. They'll get lots of loving care here, of course!
Chicken trivia: If you wonder what color eggs a hen will lay, look at her little ears. The Araucanas will have bluish-green ears while the Leghorns will have white. And that's what they'll lay! I think that's pretty neat.
Names for the babies: More Mayberry names from "The Andy Griffith Show." The blondes will be Skippy and Daphne and Mrs. Mendelbreit. I know it sounds almost absurd to name a baby chick Mrs. Mendelbreit, but I love her character on the show. She owned the rooming house where Barney Fife lived, and she almost got completely duped by a con man, bless her heart. Two of the brunettes will be the Morrison sisters, Jennifer and Clarabelle. They were moonshiners and once gave Opie some "special flowers" for his little girlfriend. The third little brown chick will be Aunt Bea. Folks sometimes ask me why I name my critters after characters on old tv shows. Well, I just love the shows! I'm sure y'all have noticed that none of my chickens is named Fried, Barbecued, or Broiled! They live out their sweet chicken lives here without ever being our meals. (Bet you already knew that!)
Starting my new barn and coop signs tonight. What fun! I'll post photos when they're done. I suppose y'all know that I'm having a wonderful time!