My Growing Little Chicks

By MollyBlane1 · Feb 20, 2012 · Updated May 21, 2012 · ·
  1. MollyBlane1
    When my husband and I moved into our new house outside of Austin last July, we decided to leave the chicken coop that the previous owners used. We talked about the possibility of getting some chicks of our very own, but we felt a little insecure since neither of us knew exactly how to raise chickens.

    Finally, after six months of settling into our new home, I decided it was a now or never thing. Although I still lacked a lot of much-needed knowledge, I drove into Austin one day, and picked up 11 baby chicks! I bought a heat lamp, waterer and feeder and hoped that whatever knowledge I did not yet have about chickens, I could learn as I went. The Backyard Chicken website has been helpful. Advice from friends with chickens has been helpful. Most of all, watching our little baby chicks grow and interact has been the most helpful.

    After having our little chicks for only two weeks, we had a very warm day in the upper 70s. I took the girls out for a little play date, and it was amazing to see how quickly they are growing up!

    The birds are about 4 months old now, and it is really fun to see their different personalities! Everything you read in books about breeds - is SPOT ON.

    Another fun thing about the birds growing up is teaching them to really love new treats. The first time I introduced them to watermelon, they were not too sure about it. Now, when I take watermelon to them, it cannot make it to the ground before they start coming at me!
    This past weekend, after snacking for quite some time, they were able to take a break to pose for the camera.

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  1. hippos
  2. MollyBlane1
    The birds are HUGE these days! :) It is really fun seeing them grow. I am pretty sure I have two roosters, which kind of scares me. I will not keep them if they get mean.
    I had not edited pictures of them in a while, but I worked on it a little today and found one really good one that I will post!
  3. texasgurl
    We need updates on your babies! : )
  4. MollyBlane1
    Thank you all very much! Taking pictures of the little chicks growing has quickly become one of my new hobbies.
  5. BantamoftheOpera
    Oh my goodness, that's such a cute picture!
  6. Farmin Momma
    That is an outstanding picture! Great timing.

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