I never knew I'd love a chicken (pics)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MeowCluckBark, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. MeowCluckBark

    MeowCluckBark Chicken Lickin' Good

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    Seriously, I love my chickens. My 2 light brahma pullets have really given me lots to smile about the last 4 weeks. We had to wait to get the rest of the babies from the hatchery until this week and our 4 baby chicks are at my friends house with hers until I go pick them up this weekend. I wasn't sure I'd really be into this raising chickens thing. I thought maybe I'd be too nervous around them and not be able to handle them. It was so much to learn!

    My daughter and I decided to do this as a project together. She is almost 10 years old and for the last 5 years she has stated she wants to be a vetrinarian (although her sights are set on animal rescue including exotic animals.) I signed up for 4H with her recently too.

    At first we were all confused.
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    Even my male cat, Jake, thought he was a mother hen for awhile
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    As they got older and fuzzier they also got more of their own personalities.
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    After lots of experimenting by mom (me) with food I finally found out they don't like wet or mushy food like yogurt and applesauce but they sure do love grapes and eggs! They really have come to trust me. They still don't like being picked up because they are scared of being chased down, but once they are held they are settled quickly and happy. They come to me if I sit quietly and patiently.

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    My daughter, Madison, who has Asperger's Syndrome (a high functioning form of autism) has also had to learn to sit still and be quiet and patient. It was a hard task for her to move so slowly, carefully, and quietly, but she has been doing excellent.
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    She gets rewarded with their attention and that makes all the effort worth it.
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    I enjoy watching them eat, play, and explore. They often offer fun photo ops like this.
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    I'm often rewarded for my dilligence with sweet cuddles too. It feels good to know an animal, naturally skittish and sensitive due to predators, trusts me.
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    And we can all enjoy the sunshine together and even have a little nap. Oh, the poop on my shirt you ask? Well what's a little poop amongst friends.
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    Thank you BYC for providing so much insight and sharing so much of your own chicken stories.
     
  2. edgroger

    edgroger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow [​IMG] it really brings tears to my eyes seeing those pictures [​IMG]

    the memories~
     
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your daughter is beautiful. The chicks are really cute, too.
     
  4. off-grid hen

    off-grid hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting! We are getting our chicks on Monday-ish. My son is an Aspie too. This is going to be great fun! [​IMG]
     
  5. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Excellent. [​IMG]
     
  6. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really enjoyed reading your story. Know all about poop on the shirt... That is why I purchased the chicken diapers for mine. Yeah you should check into them.

    So many on here have pet chickens, some even in the house! Me included..[​IMG]

    When asked what I am doing with a chicken for a pet I answer with he is cuter and sweeter than any dog or cat! [​IMG]
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you for sharing your story. It brought a smile to my face.......
    Nikki
     
  8. dipence71

    dipence71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow all I can say is.... beautiful story
     
  9. Rocky Delta Enriquez

    Rocky Delta Enriquez Out Of The Brooder

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    Nice pics. I can't wait letting my two 7-days old chicks out to the backyard. It's gonna be a while before that.
     
  10. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your babies are beautiful! My 10yr old daughter is also an Aspie and LOVES her chicken babies and they love her. Every step has been a learning process. Had to deal w/ a few losses over the years, but she has learned to deal with it quite well. We just picked up our newest bunch this past weekend. Couldn't imagine a life w/ out the chickens now, they have become a huge part of our every day! [​IMG]
     

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