Friday, April 15, 2011

Meet the Peeps.

It's official. My sanity flew the coop.

Six teeny, tiny, fluff-balls of joy joined the craziness of our lives.

Yes, our Animal Whisperer prevailed. After months of pleading, pouting, and persuading, Kiki is now Mama Hen to six pullets. For those of you non-chicken-obsessed people, a pullet is a female chicken.

Somehow, I thought a rooster would not earn us a “good neighbor” award.


...after months of reading...


...and even a course in backyard chicken-keeping...

...we are ready. 

I think.

I was unprepared, however, for the sight of sleeping chicks. Do you know that when chicks sleep, they look like dead chicks? I went downstairs to check on the babes, saw them sprawled out in the pine shavings, thought the heat lamp had cooked them, and frantically shook the box. They popped up and began peeping at me.

It's like new mother syndrome. You pray your baby will sleep—but then need to wake her to make certain she's breathing.

I just thought you should know.

So, without further ado, allow me to introduce the girls:

Roxanne ~ Ameraucana

  Risa ~ Buff Orpington

Salt ~ Barred Plymouth Rock

Pepper ~ Barred Plymouth Rock

Meggy ~ White Leghorn

Clue ~ Ameraucana

Tomorrow, or sometime soon, I'll write about the preparation needed for backyard chicken keeping.

Right now, though, I need to wake the babies.



  1. Good for you! what a fun adventure! i have two silkie hens & i love my girls! oxox, tracie

  2. Julie, if they were sprawled out way against the walls, they may have been a little too warm. But, then...When an adult hen sprawls out in complete relaxation while dust/sunbathing, she looks like a dead chicken, too. Sometimes they make us do a doubletake with the contortions they do. LOL

  3. They are adorable! I have several friends that have chickens. One of them lives in a neighborhood over by me and her neighbors are less than thrilled! They don't even have a rooster!