Out of the closet

Well, the chicks, or chippies as I have been calling them (think cheep + chickies), are officially out of the laundry room and enjoying life outside with Frannie Sue in the coop! It’s an exciting time to be a chick.

The chippies seem to enjoy their new abode and it has been super fun watching them explore the new digs. Their personalities are starting to shine a little more and we’re thrilled to just watch and get to know them.

We’ve not named them yet, as I have been satisfied just referring to them as “chippies” or “the black one” and “blondie” but I wouldn’t say it’s an indicator of indifference on our part.  Do allow me to share with you some of the fun facts about our new(ish) little friends.

-Pecking order is a real thing. We got lucky when we introduced Frannie Sue and Marion to one other, as Francis was small and spunky and Marion was just happy to have a companion, but that was pretty much a fluke according to tales we’ve heard. Sometimes when you introduce new fowl to one another, things can get ugly with the more established chicks attacking the newcomers, often pecking them to death. Not exactly a “welcome to the neighborhood” situation. I’ve read tips by many chicken farmers that say you can prevent this by placing the new hens into the coop at night while the rest of the brood sleeps. The idea is the chickens will wake up and have a “the gang’s all here” mentality without really counting heads (chickens are cute but not the brightest). But with Frannie Sue being the only lady of the house, we knew this tactic wouldn’t work. Fortunately Handyman Heath rigged up a chicken coop floor plan that allows the birds to see one another and interact without having to actually share sleeping space. The idea is that overtime Frannie Sue will take it easy on the whole territorial thing and embrace the company of the chippies overtime. So far, so good.
-You can train a chick to not be “chicken.” What I mean is, if you make the chicks feel safe, they will take on loving, social personalities. If you threaten their lives and set them up for scary situations, they’re apt to be a bit more timid. We were bad about this with Frannie Sue. We might have prematurely let her out into the real world, which resulted in some dangerous situations when she was younger (Stella got a little too “friendly” a time or two) and she did witness the brutal murder of her bff, which doesn’t inspire much confidence in nature or humanity. But the little chicks have had it pretty good thus far. We made a point to talk to them every day while they lived in the laundry room, and we made sure to handle them semi-regularly so they could get accustomed to people. Now, whenever they see us approaching the coop, they run to the gate and “cheep cheep” at us. It’s ridiculously cute.
-Different chicks, different style.  As I mentioned earlier, chickens have their own personalities, as well as looks. The barred rock hen is definitely the dominate one of the chick family, while blondie is by far the most curious. She’s always the first to greet us at the gate or pop her head out of the chicken house. The Ameraucana is timid and needs a little courting to come around. But frisky or fragile, they’re all a lot of fun.

9 Comments on “Out of the closet”

  1. Cat says:

    You seriously make me want chickens!

  2. busymomhelp says:

    I absolutely love your chicken house. I need to make my new chickens one like this, too.

  3. kmom says:

    Hope all goes well in chickendom. Looks like you are poised for a bumper crop of eggs someday. I like the coop window box.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    We’re getting our first set of chicks in early April. I can’t get enough of reading other about other people’s chickens, and I can’t wait until I get to tell stories of my own. Nice pictures!

  5. lexy3587 says:

    I really want to move somewhere that I could own chickens. It seems like such a cool idea! Fresh eggs would be delicious, and your chippies are adorable

  6. Black Jesus says:

    I like the last picture the most. Guess what? Chicken butt.

  7. Libby Keane says:

    Cute chicks you’ve got there. We’ve had chickens now for about 3 years and they really do have their own personalities. I love to see the look on peoples face when I hand them a freshly laid green egg! Several of ours follow me around the garden and try to “help” when I start digging. They love to “help” me dig in the soil!

  8. Ashley says:

    Aww they are so cute! I already want chickens and this makes me want them even more. I think it would be fun to own some, plus organic eggs are 4.99 for a dozen here!

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