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The orange kitten's name is Boots. He came with that name. We tried to change it, but nothing stuck. He has a sister who looks solid black but under sunlight reveals herself to have black stripes on a background of black fur. Boots got very sick a couple of weeks ago and nearly died. He went several days without eating. We kept expecting to find his emaciated corpse curled up in a closet or corner. He's back from the brink now, but he remains visibly smaller than his sister.

I ordered 15 Rhode Island Reds and 10 Plymoth Barred Rocks. They sent us 15 and 11, so we got one freebie. I'm hoping that 15 of them make it to adulthood. I thought Callum and a three-year old daughter of a friend of ours would take out several with squeezing and rough treatment. We've moved the chicks from the cardboard box shown into a metal cage that I bought for the Great Pyranese who briefly joined our family. Callum shakes the cage and drops things inside, but so far we've avoided any casualties.

I selected these breeds because they lay brown eggs, which Lara prefers over white ones. We now live out in the country, so we could keep a roster if we wanted to. All the chicks we have now should be pullets. I'm kicking around the idea of getting some kind of exotic roster to breed with our egg-laying hens. Any suggestions?

I lost one of our previous batch of chicks to a hawk. The yard where these girls will live and forage has many tall, fully developed trees to provide cover from airborne predators. The house we live in came with a roofed dog kennel, and that will serve as a makeshift chicken house. I'll need to fortify it against invading opposums.


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Sep. 10th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
Did you order from McMurray Hatchery? They have some gorgeous roosters in their catalog. The most gorgeous ones are the oriental exotics, there's one with a long tail, I think it's called a phoenix.

I'm leaning towards Australorps when I get chickens again.
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Cackle Hattery

I'll have a look at the McMurray catalog.

Wow. I just looked at the McMurray catalog entry for the Black Australorps. I wish I'd ordered some of them, but we're full up on chickens right now.
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Cackle Hattery
Thanks for the chook link :-)

While following links today I found this blog and thought you might like looking at these photos: http://dirtundermynails.com/?p=310#comments
Sep. 10th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oh yea! I love chick pics! Hahahahahahahaha..... I will tell you seriously, though, you have some good looking kids....
Sep. 10th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
some good looking kids....
Thanks. I like to think so.

And, yeah, it's good having chicks about. I've never had this many before. Last time we had four Rhode Island Reds and one Plymoth Rock (which got snatched out of the back yard of our rental house in Berryville.
Sep. 10th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
it's good having chicks about.
I'm looking forward into our acquiring more chickens in the near future.
Sep. 10th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
so adorable! kittens and children and chicks in one picture? *dies of cuteness*
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
kittens and children and chicks in one picture?
That's the risk one runs around here.
Sep. 10th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: kittens and children and chicks in one picture?
a risk anyone would be willing to take, I think!
Sep. 11th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
Oh, it is to awwwwww....
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