6 little babies...sextuplets!! Sort of. lol
The black one is Petunia, the 2 brown ones are Cherry and Eggers, the 3 Buff Orpingtons are Bubbles, Sweet Potato, and Chinky. Welcome home, babies !!!!!!
As you can see, the direct result of this incredible spring weather we're having is that I have lost my mind. lol I got a call from the Irishman and he says "I probably shouldn't tell you this...." He was on break and they had a flyer there in the breakroom that said that the Farm Home Store in Jerseyville would have the first of their chicks on sale today, which is Tuesday, which is a Senior/Military discount day. How could I not go ????? He did set a limit on how many I could get (hah!) I wanted to get 10 and he said that was too many. So, we compromised and I got 6. Which will, eventually, give me 9 laying hens. Yippee!!!I have to pay more to get sexed chicks, but I didn't want to run the risk of getting stuck with several roosters (cockerels, the baby boys are called), so it makes it worth it to me. They're a dollar more each... but I got a 20% discount off everything I bought today, so...I bought 3 blueberry bushes too. And baby feeder and waterer. And chick feed- a small bag of all natural.
OMG, it's gorgeous out there. 81 again today. I'm going to go out and clean up the back deck and put a tablecloth on the table so we can eat our supper outside tonight. It's going to be some kind of a salad supper tonight...mixed greens and hard boiled eggs and steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, green onions from the garden (YES!!) and gorgonzola and whatever else I dig up. Pickled beets for sure, maybe some pickled okra/green beans...I think I have some of both already open in the fridge. With toasted bagels and cream cheese on the side. Then it will finish up those bagels and I can make new ones tomorrow. yippee!!!
Well, I did the back deck and sat on the front porch in the rocking chair and ate an apple while looking through the Storey Book of Chickens, as I like to call it. Just for a little chick-refresher. lol Having some water now and then I'll get to finding the tablecloth for back there and put some chairs out. SPRING !!!!! I have a new tablecloth I got at a yard sale that has roosters on it. Think I'll put it out.
It's a nice ride across farm country to get to the town where I bought the chicks...maybe 25 miles each way(?). I drove slow, there was no traffic to speak of, and we had the windows open so Roxie could ride with her ears flapping. All in all, it's been a nice day, though I wish the housecleaning fairy could have found her way here. (A girl can only get so much done...esp when she accidentally sleeps until almost 9 AM...lol). That would have been nice. I did get a place made in the spare room for the chick pen once the Irishman gets it out and into the house. For some crazy reason, he buried it in the shed behind so much stuff I couldn't get it out if I tried. It's a good sized pen, and they'll stay in it until they're big enough and it's consistently warm enough to introduce them to the big chickens. It's about 4'Lx3'Hx3'W...nice and roomy, enough to accommodate them until they're grown.
For now, they're in a dog carrier in the little bathroom, hooked up with a heat lamp and food and water. Roxie is living with her nose stuck under that door, dying to get in there and see what's going on. Silly dog. Of course, just to torture her, they are singing their little hearts out.
Enough for this sunny afternoon. I'm agonna get some eggs boiled and some vegetables steamed and maybe straighten the living room just a tad. Himself will be home about 6, which means I have an hour and a half to pull it off.
Whaddaya think? Can I do it ??? lol