Tilly's Tiny Family Farm

March to July 2014

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March 26, 2014

Ok, first off... don't freak over the dead looking chicken on the left in this picture... its not dead. Its only MOSTLY dead... (yes that was a Princess Bride quote)

So around 8:45 AM we received our long awaited phone call from our local post office saying our chicks had arrived. My husband made a mad dash for them while I got the warm water ready, filled the feeders, and turned on the heat lamps.

As soon as he walked out the door, my lil girl woke up asking where daddy was. I told him he went to get the baby chickens and she proceeded to jump up and down going "chickee chickee chickee" loud enough and repetitious enough to wake her lil brother (the oldest slept through all of this).

Then daddy arrives home, hero of the day since he brought in the chicks and his lil girl is beaming with all her pretty smiles. He takes the top off the box and I snapped this picture. My husband started to look over the chicks and put them in the temporary brooder as he counted them (they did not need to be led to the water or food, they ran to it and devoured quite a bit with no help before using the long box as a runway). Hubbie assumed the lil chick on the far left in the picture was dead. So me never having chicks before and too softhearted for my own good, got a lil teary.

Then I saw it twitch.
"Hon, that chick just moved," I said.
"No, its gone," said my hubbie.
So I proceeded to watch it closely. 10 seconds later it moved its head.
"Hon, it moved again."
"Naw I don't think so."
A minute later it moved its whole body a bit.
"Did you see that?! It moved! Its alive hon! Will it make it?"
He watched the chick as it moved a bit and said, "Well I'll be darned."
He picked it up and mentioned it was awfully cold and probably wouldn't live long. Both lil girl and me gave him watery eyes over this poor small creature dying in our midst. He handed me the chick and told me to keep it warm. He went back to counting chicks and getting the rest settled.

The cute little thing burrowed into my hands gently and kept tipping its head backwards into my thumb. I kept getting nervous about it dying in my hands. Hubbie finished with the other chicks (we ordered 75 and they send an extra per 25 in case of deaths...so 78 total we had counting the one fading). He took the chick to keep it warm and try to coax some warm water into its beak.

I headed next door to work for my mother at her greenhouse business (its transplanting time of year). A little before noon I get a call on my cell from the hubbie. Apparently my little peeper survived. First it started to stand, then bounce around his lap, then opened its eyes, and then he put her in with the others. It ran for food and water and he lost track of which one it was. He thinks he knows which one from the markings, but she has blended well with the others otherwise.

So 78 baby silver laced Wyandottes, yay!

Side-note: Hubbie asked lil girl what she wanted for lunch. She pointed at the chickens and said soup. He had himself the biggest laugh!

The blue tote and the box on the upper right are all connected to make one large brooder. They will be a temporary brooder until the temperatures warm up outside and we can finish the coop for them outside.

The pic below and the the lower left are after it had gotten dark outside and they were trying to sleep. They kind of freaked out when I took the cap off and made a run for it... they're sleeping now at least.

March 29, 2014

Above: Most of them decided to huddle around the food and water after we changed the paper out.

Below: Little close up on the left. The chicken in the right photo is the one my daughter has named Soup.

April 12, 2014

The chickens are fledging quickly. Here is a couple new photos of Soup taken today. Even in his awkward stage, Soup is a handsome lil guy.

April 17, 2014

Here is an updated photo of Soup.

April 27, 2014

Update on the temporary coop and fencing below.

Two of my babies checking on the chickens.

Heeeeeere's Soup the Chicken!

May 16, 2014

New babies! 10 Americauna pullets from our local L&M Fleet. This was the only decent picture from the ones I took so I will have to take a few more.

May 17, 2014

One of the yellow ones died, the poor dear.

May 31, 2014

Forgot to mention we added another section to their coop area. We plan on adding another one soon, tho we need to find some more mesh netting for the top of the fenced area, we have 2 families of Bald Eagles living on DNR land near us and they circle around the skies above my chickens and my aunt's chickens. The Wyandottes look nice and fat and juicy to them I am sure, but I am protecting my babies as best as I can. We are also in the process of making chicken tractors. One is almost done, we just need to add shade to one side and finish the latching edge. The Americauna should be ready to let loose on the world (in a chicken tractor) soon and I know they will enjoy that a lot!

June 19, 2014

Americauna's are now outside in their own chicken tractor.

I believe we have been accepted as one of the flock. They were clucking and chirping at my hubbie while he filled their water containers.

Below: Update on Soup and 2 of his 3 ladies.

Below: Updated coop area, we are working on moving it all around again so they have more fresh grass.

First chicken tractor with added rain barriers to protect them and the heat lamp. We had a few get sick and die. They are now doing much better and we are more knowledgeable for next year. We have a few more chicken tractors to make so our chickens can enjoy fresh greens everyday and all we have to do is move the tractors and their waterers.

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