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They grow up so fast (or) Tragedy Strikes the Coop

I wrote this blog entry last week before I left on a work trip to NYC.  A lot has changed, the most important of which is that we lost our little Judi.  Whether it was a prolonged issue regarding her pasting or just nature's course, Sunday was a challenging day for Kyle and I. Lesson learned: DON'T GET ATTACHED TO YOUR LIVESTOCK.  Much easier said than done, but a good idea none the less.  I just keep trying to remind myself that I am ethically okay eating chicken.  Hermione and Jackie are doing well and lets just say that the term should be growing like chicks, not growing like weeds.  It is becoming very clear to me that those little balls of puff are chickens, bred for egg laying and not as cuddly pets.



Monday, May 17, 2010

First things first: I've started a Formspring.  If you're not familiar, it's essentially an easy way to ask a person questions.  So if you're interested in raising chicks and have a question, ask away. Wondering what the inedible strands you have to get through before eating the heart of an artichoke is called?  Inquire here! (It's actually called the "choke" if you were curious).  Need help on your algebra homework?  I'll take a stab at it.  Let me be clear that even if I don't know the answer to your question, I probably have an opinion about it and will gladly share that with you and the rest of the world (you're welcome in advance). 



Our little ladies are a week old today, and they've grown QUITE a bit.  You can't really tell from the pictures how much they've progressed, but their body sizes are quite a bit larger and they are much more sturdy on their feet. They aren't particularly, you know, smart, but since their brains are about the size of a pin-head, I think they're doing pretty damn well. 

Hermione's feathers are really starting to form on her wings, and there are a few pin feathers forming on her butt.  Jackie's are forming well on her wings, but there are little tufts of down in between each one (or maybe that's a feature of her breed?  We'll find out) and Judi remains to be at the bottom of the totem pole in size, feather development... and then there is that whole pasty butt thing.  It is getting considerably better (only a little in the morning, no more butt soaking) and I'm hoping it will be gone entirely by the end of the week.  There really is nothing like looking at a multi-purpose vent first thing in the morning to really bring a romantic side to chicken rearing. 


That's as far as I got.  I'm still sad about Judi, and have kind of detached myself from the other two.  That being said, my anxiety dreams about the cats becoming locksmiths and entering the hen room over night have ceased: apparently I now know how to deal with the loss of a chick and my psyche rests. 


We cleverly (thanks Peter) raised up the waterers so the dummies can't poop in their water dishes any more, and we've changed their bedding twice.  I'm really excited to give them some spinach one of these days (and even give them a little time outside!)  and we bought some parakeet gravel for them to help aid in the digestion of real food.  


Hopefully I'll get over our minor hiccup soon and bring a little more substance to the table.  Until the, RIP Dame Judi Dench.  You were really cute.



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It's OK to get attached to livestock. In fact, espite the inevitable pain, I still highly encourage it. Highly. RIP, Judy.

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBHF

Oh, so sad! I really liked Dame Judi Dench. We started with 6; lost 2 within the first three weeks and one a few weeks later. It seems chicks have a rather high mortality rate, at least according to the fella at the farm store. We replaced them quickly, and have 5 healthy happy chickens giving us lots of 'tude. We love them! Keep the pictures coming, yours naturally are tons better than ours of our "babies".

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

If only more than 31 people could hear this.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmil Harris

If only I had a nickel for each time I came to Incredible read!

May 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEarlene Quinones

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