Saturday, May 16, 2009

Not Counting Our Chickens Quite Yet

Long, long ago, the La Family had chickens.


Really cute chickens. (The kids aren't too bad either.)


Alpha and Beta are the red ones, the first and second to hatch. (Sadly, Omega the third and last to hatch had an unfortunate incident which prevented him from being photographed.) (Yeah, he died. Let's not discuss it.) My friend gave us Black and Blue. (Guess which set I named and which set the kids named.)

It was a great school project! The kids learned a lot and we had some pretty yummy eggs. We ended up sending our lovely hens to the country to live a happy life, giving eggs to a loving adoptive family. (Go with it, OK?)

ANYHOW...
it's chicken time again.


We've got 42 eggs incubating away. Thirty-four of them came in the mail. We're expecting a pretty low hatch rate for those. They were all brown eggs and Carolina Biological Supply can give us no hint whatsoever as to the breed.

Eight of the chicks have come from a crazy chicken lady across town. Hopefully, those will be Buff Orpingtons. When we candled them last week (peeked at their little shadows with a flashlight) it looked like six of them were developing normally and two were duds. 

(^^ That there purdy bird is a Buff Orpington. ^^)

Hatch day is Thursday. In theory. Assuming we haven't messed up in some fundamental way. (I got really nervous last time too.)

J is designing a movable hen house for the Buffs. In theory. Perhaps if I ask him to create it out Rubik's Cubes he's be more likely to get into it. 

The kids will sell the extras to help fund some of their activities. Assuming there are extras.  I'll keep you posted.

[As an aside, sorry for the disappearing post the other day. I'd said a simple apology and a polite request would remove my grievances from the blog world. The owner of a certain rollerskating rink apologized and said his future coupons would be more specific. And voila, a disgruntled customer is appeased. It's like magic.] 

[If you must know the details, email me and I'll send my copy of the post to you.]

13 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I wouldn't even know what to do with chickens!

Glad the rollerskating kerfuffle was worked out.

Annette Lyon said...

My sister had chickens and loved it--and so does a good friend of mine. Not sure I'd have it in me, though.

(Re: the rink thing--Amazing what a little common courtesy will do.)

Banteringblonde said...

This is exciting - i'm such a city girl! Please take pics of them hatching and share again!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Yes, pls do email it to moi! Love the chickens! You amaze me with all you know how to do!

Heather of the EO said...

My best friend has chickens, right here in the big city. I would too, only my dog would eat them.

It's smart though, you know. Free eggs and all that. And they're good for your grass and stuff. Stop killing them. (that was me being funny there at the end) :)

mindyluwho said...

We used to buy fresh eggs from a girl who raised them when we lived elsewhere. I was sad when we moved too far away. I'd love chickens. I wonder if my neighbors would mind...

(Since I only got to read a snippet of the disappearing post, I'd love an email on it.)

Jo said...

Good luck with the hatch! Hopefully you will end up with more chicks than you thought. You make me miss my chickens.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh this is awesome!!! I've got to show it to my twins. They are obsessed with chickens and roosters right now.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I just showed my twins and they screamed OOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

That's the fattest rooster they've ever seen. They want to buy it.

They brought all their friends to gather round it and shout OOOOHHHHHH!

Wendy said...

Let me get this straight....your lovely mail-lady delivered EGGS!?!

Jami said...

No, darling Wendy. Fed-Ex delivered them to our teacher in Loomis. I'll tell you if something crazy like that is coming!

Youngblood4ever said...

Hubby wants to get chickens but I am afraid I would be the one to take care of them and honestly, most things I take care of die (besides my kids). My garden went to pot last year and I am barely able to keep my 3 houseplants living. Good luck with it. Let me know what you think- should I give in and try mothering some hens?

Ref said...

Did you repost the skating rink issue or was there another issue this year?