Chicks are Growing

Here they are today.  One of them flew from one end of the cage to the other end….just went phhtttt….and off in flight!  I’m learning a little about chickens.  If you’re interested, there is a ton of free info available on the web.

These chicks are Black Sex-Links.  Daddy is a Rhode Island Red and Mama is a Barred Rock.  They’re called Sex-Links because they can easily be sorted at birth by their color.  Boys have a white spot on their heads and Girls have solid black heads.  Black Sex-Links are also known as Black Stars.

14 days old

Aren’t they cute?  Faith and Chris love them.  We went to Tractor Supply this afternoon with plans to buy some Ameraucanas but they didn’t know which chicks were which…even though they received the Ameraucanas this morning!  What’s up with that????  We explained we would like to know what breed the chicks are that we buy and left empty handed.  I’ll be  heading to Hammond Feed & Seed Friday morning in hopes of getting some from their shipment.

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  1. Mysika

     /  March 25, 2010

    Awwwhhh Sheryl! They are sooo cute!! I’m glad you will be having some fun at least.. heehee.. Like being ‘mom’ all over again.. ROFLOL I have teens and I love them dearly.. but I can’t wait til they get out on their own two feet! 🙂 Have a great day!

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  2. glen parks

     /  March 26, 2010

    I am soooo jealous! I live in Baton Rouge now and miss Hammond a lot. I loved the feed and seed stores, and my horses!

    glen

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  3. What cuties! I keep thinking about chickens, but first I need to deal with the stray kitty issues. Poor chickens would have heart failure if the cats got after them…even if the chickens were locked in a pen. Doesn’t seem fair to have terrorized chicks.

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    • Quilting Tizzy

       /  March 26, 2010

      We’re not going to free-range ours as there’s a fox pen behind our property and sometimes those foxes get loose. We also live too close to a major roadway in our parish. They’ll be in some sort of run. We haven’t figured that part out yet.

      Right now our cats aren’t too interested but the outside kitties will probably be different.

      Could you do a run with a buffer zone around it to keep cats from getting too close to the run?

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