We got six new chicks today! Three of them (the yellow ones) are Rhode Island Reds; the darker ones are called Silver Laced Wyandottes.

It was a semi-spontaneous decision…my daughter and I saw the chicks on Monday and she’s been begging me to go back and get them ever since.

I wasn’t sure I wanted the responsibility of these babies, but she talked me into it. They sure are cute.

They’re currently living in a big plastic bin with a cover made of wire for ventilation, and there’s a heat lamp keeping them warm. The bin is in a room in the basement closed off from our cats and dogs; the chicks will stay there until they are feathered out and big enough to go into the coop with our other hens. When it’s time, they’ll need to be introduced at night- this is supposed to minimize any issues in terms of acquainting the older hens with the new ones.

I’ll be away for the weekend at BlogHer Food (if you’re going, please make sure to come say “hi”), so my husband and kids will be in charge of the chicks. I’ve given them very clear instructions about how to care for them, so I’m sure they’ll do an excellent job :)

 

27 Comments

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    Evan Thomas — May 18, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    So cute!

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    kate — May 18, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    Oh, they’re so cute!! I love baby chicks!
    You may have read on my blog that my Mom has chickens…they’ve been featured on TPT several times. Well, she’s moving in July and I may be taking her chickens!
    If I do, I will need help & advice from you for sure!
    One of them is a RI Red…it’s a beautiful color…pretty much exactly the same as my “bozos” hair :)

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    Ethan — May 18, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Those guys are so adorable! I’m excited to watch them grow up for some bizarre reason:)
    Have a great weekend in ATL!

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    Georgie — May 18, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

    Precious and adorable!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — May 18, 2011 @ 7:43 pm

    Oh Winnie…you know what this is doing to me; they are SO adorable and I wanted some before I saw the babies!

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    Renee @kudoskitchen — May 18, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    Your new baby chicks are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Congratulations on your new additions. May they grow and contribute to your family in a way that will bring much love and happiness in your “Healthy Green Kitchen”.

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    The Cilantropist — May 18, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Oh my gosh they are too stinkin cute. I WANT ONE. Or several. :)

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    Michelle — May 18, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    Oh those get a big squee!

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    deeba — May 18, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    How C.U.T.E. are these Winnie…absolutely precious!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 18, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    These are adorable! I bet your daughter is super happy she able to talk you into the purchase :)

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — May 18, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    Awww, shucks. These guys are DARLING…

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    Laura Lindekugel — May 18, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    Winnie, They’re so sweet. Thank you for posting pictures. Have a wonderful time at the conference.

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    Shelby — May 19, 2011 @ 3:49 am

    Awwww. We used to have chickens when I was growing up. So soft and cute when they are chicks!

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    Jessica — May 19, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    Beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing more pictures of them as they grow! :)

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    Yuri — May 19, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    WInnie, these chicks are way too cute!

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    Janie — May 19, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    We got 5 new chicks this spring as well. Ours are 3 weeks now, and feathers are developing…I have them in the back of the kitchen and also with a heat lamp and screen on top. My old flock is getting older and so I wanted to add a few to them…I am going to wait a s long as I can to add them to the old flock..I have seen what they can do!!
    Baby chicks NEVER get old….(been doing this for 25 years now….)
    Wish I was going to the BlogHer Food..maybe next time…

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    Delishh — May 19, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Oh my soooooo cute!

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    Kelly Wilson — May 19, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    They are so adorable. My dad bought 40 chicks last year. He now has eggs running out his ears :)

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    Merut — May 19, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    Looks like you have a handful! It sounds like a real adventure, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. So cute!

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    Nancy — May 19, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    How adorable!!! Looking forward to seeing more pics as they grow :)

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    Monet — May 19, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

    So adorable! This is making me want to build our chicken coop tomorrow! Thanks for sharing with me tonight. I’ve missed visiting you and your blog. I’m glad that I’m back :-) I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Hugs from Austin!

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    marla — May 20, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Winnie, these chicks are darling!! Wish I could hold them. Awesome meeting you today :)

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    Henrietta — May 20, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Aww, they’re just adorable! I’m getting ready to order some new chicks very soon! I can’t wait for the little peeps to arrive :)

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    Jessyka Dart-Mclean — May 21, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    I want one!

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    Relishment (Rory Hart) — May 22, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Uber jealous!!

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    KalynsKitchen — May 23, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    How cute they are. It was so fun meeting you this weekend!

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    Katherine — May 24, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    They are SO cute! Beautiful photos. I absolutely love your blog! I will be coming back often.