Friday, October 8, 2010

The Little Flock


D3's pet chickens.
This colorful little flock was hatched this spring, in an incubator in the corner of D3's room. We got to the point where we wondered if anything would ever hatch. Finally, one evening a chick "pipped" the egg shell. That is the first small hole that the chick must enlarge to get out. With only one tiny hole, chirps could be heard from the egg. The first little one who hatched was named Doc. The name was earned as the small chick visited the other pipped eggs. She chirped and chipped until the siblings were out of their shells. She even helped them get out by pecking away pieces of egg shell.When the others made it out of their shells, Doc went from baby chick to baby chick, checking each one. She would go back and check the other eggs, then return to her "babies."
 Doc, chicken obstetrician
"No, no, no! I'm an avian midwife."
The little flock was moved to a safe chicken house outside. They were still very small, so it was important to keep them secure from predators. D3 built her own chicken yard for them by making a fenced in area outside the chicken house. One problem. One miscalculation. One big, black and white variable.
A goat that likes chicken food.
Abbey goat decided to join the little flock for breakfast one morning. She went right through the fence and chased the chickens away. She could only be coaxed from  the enclosure with one thing.
A bagel!
Meanwhile, the chicken decided to be free ranged.


Just a normal day on the farm!




11 comments:

  1. Awww, that Doc sounds so sweet! And that goat sounds like a menace! Too cute!

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  2. Cool blog you've got here! What a wonderful simple life. But then again, I would like it - I'm a purple cow.

    I'm here from Follow Friday.

    http://australianinathens.blogspot.com

    HAVE A FABULOUS WEEKEND! You and all your animals!

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  3. Bip would LOVE your animals! Great pics.

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  4. Have to say...I never thought chickens could be pretty:))
    Love your captures!
    Happy weekend to you:)

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  5. What a very pretty group of ladies. I think you did a very nice job of hatching. :)Or the incubator. I love new little hens. I just wanted to thank you once again for the award. It made my day.

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  6. They're all beautiful, and the name Doc really fits. I love how she went from egg to egg.

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  7. Found you on 40+. Such beautiful girls! :) I would love to have some one day.
    ~Lily
    www.neverfadingwood.blogspot.com

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  8. I loved this post! And those pictures are great!

    Thanks for sharing with us today.

    Blessings,
    Maggie
    www.foreverfindingmybliss.blogspot.com

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  9. Those are some cute chickens! Even the rooster looks sweet....and I am not a fan of roosters!

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  10. Avian midwife, chicken obstetrician...loves it! Reminds me of my grandparents' farm. Thank you for sharing.

    Found you on Over 40 FF B.H.
    Glad I did!

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  11. Oooooh a Buff Orpington! I miss mine!! They look beautiful!

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