Aaagh, this has been the most exciting day! You may remember I mentioned that we have been thinking of raising chickens. Well, the boys are between summer school and the start of the new school year, so we are using the next 3 weeks to brood 5 new baby chicks and introduce them to their coop! Eek!
Our girls hatched yesterday in Connecticut and were packaged up and mailed just hours later through the good ol’ US Postal Service. I called our local post office this morning in the hopes that our girls had arrived in the 9 am shipment to avoid some of the daytime heat and, sure enough, there they were. The boys and I freaked out, grabbed the camera, ran to the car, took a celebratory photo, and jammed up the hill to the post office. Little dude was this excited.
Here’s the face again.
We waited in line for the longest five minutes of our lives, and when it was our turn, stepped up to the counter. When I explained to the clerk that we were picking up live chicks he cackled. The news apparently made his day. After another agonizing five minutes in the back the sweet man returned with a cheeping cardboard box of babies! For real, that’s how they do it. Here the boys are in the post office with the new arrivals. They were almost as excited as I was.
That last pic was the boys getting ready to open the box after I had peeked in for a preliminary quality check and successfully counted five fluffy little babies. The company suggested that the box not be opened in front of children…cringe. But the girls were all good! Fluffy! Chirpy! Adorable!
Because it’s late and because I have so many pictures to sift through, I’m just going to give you all a brief introduction to our newest family members. More pics of playtime, family time, and dog + chicken time to come soon. But first, the boys opening the box. Glee!
“Penny” (Buff Orpington). This girl was named by little dude (and mommy) because of the copper color she will develop as she gets older.
“Rosie” (Easter Egger). Believe it or not, this chick will grow up to lay blue and green eggs. I know, right?! Big bro thoughtfully named her something colorful to match.
“Tootsie” (Salmon Faverolles). Mine, mine, mine! Okay, they all belong to the family, yes, but we each got to name one, and this girl was mine. My grandma Lisa’s nickname was Tootsie, need I say more? Ah well, there is more…this little lady also has 5 toes, whereas most chickens only have 4. Hence, Tootsie. See, total sense making here.
“Bell” (Buff Brahma). Hubby claimed this one. Buff = strong. Brahma = bull. So the big man decided to name his girl Bull. To which I said, you know she’s a girl, right?! To which he said, Bell. And I was all, as in cow bell? He nodded, we shook on it, and Bell she is. (Little dude has since tried to lengthen it to Isabelle and then shorten it again to Izzy – papa’s not falling for it, so Bell she remains).