Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Arrivals

No. You are not hallucinating- those really are chickens.
Patrick has this crazy plan to raise chickens for eggs- and to eat them in the fall. Hmm. . . we'll see about that last part. This is the day we got them when we brought them home in a box from the store.
Three chickens, three children- each kid got to name a chick. Isaac's is the brown one on the right- he named his Francois.
Eve's is the yellow one. She named hers Hannah.
Esther's little black chick's name is Fluffy.

Eve loves to pet the chicks. Here she is holding Fluffy. Oh, boy. It begins.

Right about now,Fluffy is screaming for help!

Help me!

Patrick made them a little chicken wire place where they'd be safe- oh, wait, Esther can still get in! Our cat, however, cannot. Speaking of Cat- she was VERY excited about the chicks and tried to get them a couple times when we first brought them home. Now she'll leave them alone if they are together- but if one wanders off. . . .

Now, it is a few weeks later and the chicks are shedding their cute-fluffiness for grown-up feathers.

AND Patrick is building a new chicken coop for them. Here are the kids painting it.

Maybe if we hide here those huge monsters won't find us!

When the new abode is finished, I'll take some more pictures. Oh, and a note about chickens- you can't tell if they are female or male until they are grown- so we really have no idea what we've got yet! hee hee


Cheryl said...

They are adorable!! I can just see the stir these little things have caused. Have they started eating bugs yet? Is Patrick thinking that they will eat the weed or something? I forget!!

Good luck eating them. I have a hard time eating my friends.....

Patrick said...

No - the chickens are supposed to eat the bugs and provide nitrates to the grass...the rabbits are supposed to eat the weeds...

Cheryl said...

There's rabbits too?

pamela said...

Yeah, I can see them as dinner. They are cute, though! And who knows, maybe they'll give you next years chickens, too!