April 22, 2010
Here are some pictures of our girls when they were chicks. We got them when they were three days old. You can buy chicks “sexed” or “straight run”. When you buy them sexed, there is a 90% chance that they will be females- yep, they can tell that early. Out of our six chicks, five turned out to be hens. Freddy, our little cockerel, looked very roosterish from very early on. So, I named him Euphegenia after the Robin Williams character in Mrs. Doubtfire. Dude looked like a lady (thanks, Aerosmith). I digress. The chicks were so cute and sweet- lots and lots of peeping. The cute, little phase is brief with chicks- they get big very quickly. While chicks are a fair amount of work, they’re also very sweet. The children spent hours holding them. So magical. My son held Henny Penny every chance he got, and she’s still the tamest of our hens.