New Chick! New Chick! New Chick!

by Joan on July 10, 2012

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series Chickens

I’m always amazed when I sit down to think about what to write every week at HOW MUCH goes on around here…

And things always seem busier when you’ve got a new baby in the house.

Meet Liberty, hatched on the 4th of July!

Newly hatched, and still a little damp!

A few days older and oh so fluffy.

Sometimes she’s a bit camera shy…

She’s the only one that made it out of the six eggs, so she’s an only chickie child until the other babies arrive the first week in August – by then she’ll be a teenager!  It’s crazy how much she’s grown in only six days.  Still fuzzy, but those little wing feathers become more defined every day.

Maude is a wonderful mama.  I built a one foot “fence” out of chicken wire that encloses Maude’s nesting box and some surrounding area.  Mama and baby have their own food and water there.  Other hens have hopped in to visit and check out the new member of the family.  Maude has made it CLEAR that they should keep their distance.  If a visitor arrives and Liberty is more than six inches away from her she makes her COME HERE NOW cluck and Liberty comes running.  Visitors get pecked if they get too close.

Our record-breaking heat wave was broken by torrential rains and much cooler temperatures for three days.  I broke out the heat lamp to keep their space as warm as possible – baby chicks need above 90 degree temps to thrive.  Between the lamp and Maude’s warm feathers we made it work.

Don always says the farmers love the rain.  I’m sure they do, because the tomato plants are in HEAVEN.

Those are some nice lookin’ tomato plants.

Since it’s been so hot I wanted to install some shade for the goat shed to keep Brandy and Doink as cool as possible.  This involved attaching the shade fabric to the side of the shed, which shouldn’t have been as hard as it was…

We’re ready to help! What should we do first?

It’s MY turn to get on the ladder. NO, it’s MY turn! MOM!!!

 

Also, with lots of help (from humans, thank goodness) I finished the wall and put in a door to the storage part of the shed. That upgrade allowed me to hang the upper gate so that it actually works.  The connection to the roof is not done, but since the roof leaks like a sieve and needs work…well, we’ll get to that later, I guess.  (We got the door at our local building material recycler for $18. Gotta love that!)

Not bad, not bad at all.

So yeah, we’ve been busy.  Good busy.  Really good busy.  Here’s some more busy-ness from Happy Mama Acre…

This mama robin lives in the tree in the front yard with her two hungry babies. Non-stop feeding keeps her VERY busy.

I love playing hide and seek…I’m so good at it! They’ll never find me behind this post, especially with my straw camouflage.

Yes, I AM digging to China.

Scratching and pecking is hard work, but I’ll pose for a beauty shot now and again.

Hmmm, yes, I AM curious. Why do you ask? No, really. Why?

Could. Not. Be. Cuter.

(Sharing this at Life on the Funny Farm!)

 

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Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

That’s so cute how the rest of the ladies would stop by to check on the baby – just like people. My brain did a back flip for a second there when I read the line about shade for the goats to a picture of a pig LOL. Love all the pics, especially the one that looks like Brandy and Doink are trying to knock someone off the ladder. 😉 [#TALU]
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admin January 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Chris, that’s ME they kept on trying to knock off the ladder! If Brandy ever learns how to climb a ladder I am in big trouble…

Joell from Red Van Ramblings January 9, 2013 at 8:05 am

Baby animals are just so dang cute! Sometimes I wish I lived on a farm, but I am not sure how well I would deal with all the poop that is involved. Thanks for stopping by my blog! (TALU)
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akl January 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

OH THE CUTE! I would very much like to cuddle all of your animals! how is Liberty doing?
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Joan January 9, 2013 at 8:36 am

Liberty is a handfull – check out our post “Law and Order – Barnyard Offense” for the whole story!
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