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Chicks with Chicks.... Our Story

Brie and I had our fill of pale, tasteless, store bought chicken eggs, decidedly inferior to fresh ones. So, we embarked on a new journey! To raise our own chicks so that we could enjoy delicious, fresh eggs every day.  

With the help of Judy Morris, of Coop D'etat, and My Pet Chicken, we brought home six adorable chicks last June, and through purchasing a starter kit from Judy, set them up in the comfort of our guest room, where they could stay warm and safe until they were ready to move outside.

Commonplace in the UK and many parts of Europe, there's been a resurgence of suburban farming in our country, as more people are learning about the benefits of raising hens in their very own back yards. 

Join us for this exciting adventure by checking in to our site periodically. We update it regularly with all new photos of our chickens and their adventures over the past year.

Our chickens are a variety of breeds. We have a Rhode Island Red, a Polish, a Barred Rock, a Cochin Bantam and even a lovely, black Australorp. The hens laid their first eggs last October, and their eggs are a rainbow of colors, from chocolate to caramel to even a beautiful blue-green hue from our Easter Egger hen. 

So, stay tuned as this exciting endeavor unfolds! Lastly, check out our favorite sites and videos to learn more about raising your own chickens. :)

Favorite sites

Read Our "Simply Chicks" Blog!
We created a blog to tell our story. Learn more about our chickens and the "farm life" we now enjoy.
Sustainable Living with Chickens
The New Yorker runs an inspiring article on like-spirited folks who keep chickens.
The Femivore's Dilemma
Raising Backyard Chickens. Purchase Chicken Coops, Baby Chicks ...
Custom Chicken Coops and Chicken Keeping � CoopDEtat.com

Pictures

Project Sand

Brie poses with Buffy, our Buff Orpington Chick, while Brandon works on the sand project.
Brie poses with Buffy, our Buff Orpington Chick, while Brandon works on the sand project.

Remember this???
Remember this???
This is the "Before" shot.
After!!!
After!!!
A bit better, don't you think?
The girls are fascinated by the new ground cover in their run.
The girls are fascinated by the new ground cover in their run.

Brie gives them each a petting to make them feel at home.
Brie gives them each a petting to make them feel at home.

Bun Bun was positively giddy with delight... and that's saying a lot for Bun Bun.
Bun Bun was positively giddy with delight... and that's saying a lot for Bun Bun.

I fed the girls a corn on the cob treat for their breakfast.
I fed the girls a corn on the cob treat for their breakfast.

Bun Bun played Peek-a-Boo with me this morning. Too cute!
Bun Bun played Peek-a-Boo with me this morning. Too cute!

This is our new Header Photo for Simply Chicks
This is our new Header Photo for Simply Chicks
If you understand chicken behavior, you would recognize this scene... it's the girls taking their daily "dust bath." This keeps the pests and parasites from settling in to their feathers. Very effective... and entertaining to watch too. :)
Waiting for Zucchini... and Tomatoes, and Cucumbers
Waiting for Zucchini... and Tomatoes, and Cucumbers
Finally, some sunshine after all that rain to help our garden grow. Yippee!

Wakeman Town Farm and Our Growing Family

Brie shows guests how soft Nugget is. She's a Blue Silkie Bantam.
Brie shows guests how soft Nugget is. She's a Blue Silkie Bantam.
Silkies are originally from China. They are super soft and cuddly... very kid friendly with fur-like feathering.
We passed around chick starter feed and other treats to show everyone what chickens like to munch on.
We passed around chick starter feed and other treats to show everyone what chickens like to munch on.

Here we demonstrated putting together a chick brooder. It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Here we demonstrated putting together a chick brooder. It's as easy as 1-2-3!

There were lots and lots of questions from the workshop participants. And I had so much to show them!
There were lots and lots of questions from the workshop participants. And I had so much to show them!

Brie poses with Beatrice... too cute!
Brie poses with Beatrice... too cute!

The bee keeper showed Brie what a hive feels like. It vibrates with all that busy activity. Brie was quite impressed. :)
The bee keeper showed Brie what a hive feels like. It vibrates with all that busy activity. Brie was quite impressed. :)

My lovely niece, Debby, came to the workshop and took the wonderful pictures you just saw. Thanks, Debby!
My lovely niece, Debby, came to the workshop and took the wonderful pictures you just saw. Thanks, Debby!

Brie took this photo of the Wakeman Town Farm gardens. Nice!
Brie took this photo of the Wakeman Town Farm gardens. Nice!

Here's a great shot of Mike Aitkenhead's chicken coop. He crafted this by hand from his own design. Brilliant!
Here's a great shot of Mike Aitkenhead's chicken coop. He crafted this by hand from his own design. Brilliant!
The Aitkenhead family have eight lovely birds... and plenty of eggs to feed their family.
Now for our growing girls: Here's AlPal!
Now for our growing girls: Here's AlPal!

And Pip... sweet pip... only she loves to peck at us. She's a feisty one!
And Pip... sweet pip... only she loves to peck at us. She's a feisty one!

Oh Madonna, you are the show off with that puffy head!
Oh Madonna, you are the show off with that puffy head!

Nugget! What a little puff ball you are. :)
Nugget! What a little puff ball you are. :)

Pretty Penny... she has green eyes!
Pretty Penny... she has green eyes!

Petunia would just love to get into that garden behind her.
Petunia would just love to get into that garden behind her.

The escape artist... Pip almost got away... but Brie was too quick for her!
The escape artist... Pip almost got away... but Brie was too quick for her!

Pip loves to roost on Brie's arm.
Pip loves to roost on Brie's arm.

Skye is lookin' fine here. She's one of our Maran's.... we hope she will lay chocolate colored eggs for us some day!
Skye is lookin' fine here. She's one of our Maran's.... we hope she will lay chocolate colored eggs for us some day!

Dear Buffy.... our Buff Orpington coos like a dove. Too cute!
Dear Buffy.... our Buff Orpington coos like a dove. Too cute!

We're calling this one, Victor/Victoria... another Maran, though we are highly suspicious that this one's gonna turn out to be a rooster. Away with you if that's true!!
We're calling this one, Victor/Victoria... another Maran, though we are highly suspicious that this one's gonna turn out to be a rooster. Away with you if that's true!!

Moving Day

It's Moving Day!
It's Moving Day!
The big day finally arrived. The girls were ready to be moved to their new home.
Out of the Old, and into the New!
Out of the Old, and into the New!

Grab-n-Go
Grab-n-Go

Lady Gaga's on her way...
Lady Gaga's on her way...

This is one, happy Lit'l Chick!
This is one, happy Lit'l Chick!
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Ta Da! Home Sweet Home for our Girls
Ta Da! Home Sweet Home for our Girls

Honestly, Brie. That door's a bit too small. Even for you.
Honestly, Brie. That door's a bit too small. Even for you.

Here you go, Lady Gaga. Your new nesting box!
Here you go, Lady Gaga. Your new nesting box!

The New Chicken Run.... Roomy!
The New Chicken Run.... Roomy!
The run is completely enclosed in chicken wire... even the roof. Ain't nothin' gettin' in, ain't nothin' gettin' out!
Brie is a persistent little bugger... she keeps thinking she can fit through the chicken door.
Brie is a persistent little bugger... she keeps thinking she can fit through the chicken door.
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Brie and Goldilocks. What a pair!
Brie and Goldilocks. What a pair!

The girls are enjoying their new, spacious accommodations.
The girls are enjoying their new, spacious accommodations.

Checking out the nesting boxes. Nice!
Checking out the nesting boxes. Nice!

Meanwhile, this is how Bruno is spending his time during all the excitement. Typical... for a Greyhound.
Meanwhile, this is how Bruno is spending his time during all the excitement. Typical... for a Greyhound.

I took this on Mother's Day morning. Good morning, Girls!
I took this on Mother's Day morning. Good morning, Girls!
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A Special Thank You
A Special Thank You
Bruce, our talented carpenter, deserves praise for building this beautiful chicken run and the roosting bars. Excellent work!
The family group shot on Mother's Day. Grandma looks quite cozy with her chicken. :)
The family group shot on Mother's Day. Grandma looks quite cozy with her chicken. :)

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Happy Hens
One, Big, Happy Family
One, Big, Happy Family
With Bun Bun finally in his newly painted hutch, and in his permanent location, he is one, happy camper. He has the entire chicken run to romp in, and loves the company of his "girlfriends."

The chickens seem to enjoy the fluffy bunny too. These two species are quite compatible, and entertain each other with their antics. Too cute... and fun to watch! 

Chicks!!!!

Waiting with Great Anticipation
Waiting with Great Anticipation
Here's Brie at the Post Office waiting (not too patiently) for her new babies.
Going Home
Going Home
Fasten your seatbelts, girls, it's gonna be a bumpy ride!
Welcome Home, Little Ones
Welcome Home, Little Ones
We had the brooder all ready for our new arrivals.
Bosco says... "Bah, Humbug."
Bosco says... "Bah, Humbug."
He couldn't care less about the new family members... He just wanted to have his picture taken.
Bruno says, "Whoop dee doo."
Bruno says, "Whoop dee doo."
Another non-interested party. More ambitious about tanning in the back yard in the warm sunshine.
Preparing for the Photo Shoot
Preparing for the Photo Shoot
We brought the chicks outside for a quick snapshot series so we could brag on Facebook...
Lap Chicks
Lap Chicks

Brie's already in love with all of them. :)
Brie's already in love with all of them. :)

Having a Blast!
Having a Blast!

Now for the introductions. Drumroll, please....
Now for the introductions. Drumroll, please....

Pip!
Pip!
Our petite, Brahma Bantam
Fun Fact: Did you know that "pip" is what you call the first, little hole a chick makes when it breaks through the egg shell?!

Al Pal
Al Pal
Al Pal is our Americana... another Easter Egger that will make beautiful, blue-green eggs, just like Beatrice! "Al Pal" is named after one of Brie's very close friends.
Petunia
Petunia
Pretty Petunia... She's a Barred Rock. They make great, consistent egg layers.
Madonna
Madonna
Madonna is another Polish... A Buff Lace Polish, to be exact. Just like Lady Gaga, only she will have gold and cream colored feathers.
Nugget
Nugget
Little Nugget is Eric's Chick. A Blue Bantam Silkie. Her feathers will be more like fur, soft and fine and very, very fluffy. :)
Fun Fact: Silkies have five toes!


Angel
Angel
Dear Angel is our Cochin. She will grow to be a white, round fluff ball with feathered feet!
Buffy
Buffy
Buffy is a.... you guessed it, a Buff Orpington! They are gorgeous, golden in color, very round, and super friendly. 

Here's Buff struttin' her stuff on Brie's lap. (She's the bright, yellow chick just under Brie's shirt where the string of pearls are, near her open hand.)

And last, but certainly not least, Penny!
And last, but certainly not least, Penny!
Pretty Penny is a Speckled Sussex. Our friend, Judy Morris, suggested this breed because of their reputation for having wonderful, friendly temperaments and being great with kids.
Chicks!!!
Chicks!!!
It's Chick Heaven, here at the Beller Farm. :)
Thanks for viewing our album!
Thanks for viewing our album!
For the story... go to simplychicks.blogspot.com

Springtime Fun

The Big and the Little of It
The Big and the Little of It
On the Left: Beatrice
On the Right: Happy Feet

Brie and Beatrice
Brie and Beatrice
Happy Chicks
Delousing our Girls
Delousing our Girls
A little (or a lot!) of poultry dust never hurt anyone.
Play it like a rock star, girlfriend!
Play it like a rock star, girlfriend!
Poor Goldilocks tolerates a very light "spanking" to get that poultry dust distributed into her bum feathers.
Bun Bun moves outside again, to be next door neighbors with the hens.
Bun Bun moves outside again, to be next door neighbors with the hens.
He's not too happy about this... but, we are!
Get over it, Bun Bun. Eat your lettuce.
Get over it, Bun Bun. Eat your lettuce.

TaDa!!
TaDa!!

Brie with Isis
Brie with Isis

Dust Bathing... Spa Day for the Girls
Dust Bathing... Spa Day for the Girls

Our New Chicken Coop!
Our New Chicken Coop!
A mansion for our girls... 8X8 feet and an 8X12 foot run will be built adjacent to it. Roomy!
The Line Up
The Line Up
From Left to Right: Goldilocks, Beatrice, Anastasia (Lady Gaga), Isis, Happy Feet
Prepping Our Girls for the Green Earth Fair
Prepping Our Girls for the Green Earth Fair
They are being tested for Pullorum and AI. Once we get the "all clear" health certificate from the USDA, our girls will be ready to travel down the road to Earthplace on April 30.
Banding Happy Feet
Banding Happy Feet
Girls got "bling" now!
Poor Lady Gaga
Poor Lady Gaga
Oblivious to everything...
Now open your beak and say, "Aaaahhhhhh"
Now open your beak and say, "Aaaahhhhhh"

Drawing Blood
Drawing Blood
Seems a little stressed here.
Brave Beatrice
Brave Beatrice
Takes it all in stride...
All Done
All Done
Their reward: A Little Morning Free Range!
Brie holding Goldiocks
Brie holding Goldiocks
The inspector taught us how to subdue chickens by holding them this way. They play "possum" and submit to the handler. 

While it was hysterical to watch and do for a moment, we later learned from another chicken expert that this method of handling is frowned upon, because it actually stresses the chicken. Needless to say, we won't be subjecting our hens to this in the future. 

Bun Bun Moves In

Outside. One Freezing Bunny Rabbit.
Outside. One Freezing Bunny Rabbit.

Poor Bun Bun.
Poor Bun Bun.

Inside: Warm and Happy Hounds
Inside: Warm and Happy Hounds
What to do with ourselves on this snowy morning? Operation Rescue Bun Bun!
First Things First: A Spa Day for Bun Bun
First Things First: A Spa Day for Bun Bun

Bun Bun is not enjoying "Spa Day."
Bun Bun is not enjoying "Spa Day."

But Brie is!
But Brie is!

Not sure which is wetter, the rabbit or the bathroom.
Not sure which is wetter, the rabbit or the bathroom.

There he goes again!
There he goes again!

"Somebody help me, please."
"Somebody help me, please."

No dignity.
No dignity.
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Aaawwww. You're so cute!
Aaawwww. You're so cute!

Dag-nabbit... stay in the tub, rabbit!
Dag-nabbit... stay in the tub, rabbit!

"Must-Get-Out-Of-Here!!!"
"Must-Get-Out-Of-Here!!!"

Finally, wrapped in warmth. "Thank you!"
Finally, wrapped in warmth. "Thank you!"

Now for the fun stuff, a little brushing...
Now for the fun stuff, a little brushing...

A blow out, courtesy of Mom. :)
A blow out, courtesy of Mom. :)

"Don't I look gorgeous?!"
"Don't I look gorgeous?!"

Bruno says, "Bun Bun looks yum-yum!"
Bruno says, "Bun Bun looks yum-yum!"

No, no Bruno. Bun Bun is "friend," not "food!"
No, no Bruno. Bun Bun is "friend," not "food!"

The hat's on the wrong end, my friend.
The hat's on the wrong end, my friend.

That's better. :)
That's better. :)

Bun Bun's new home, in Brie's playroom!
Bun Bun's new home, in Brie's playroom!
Brie and I painstakingly dragged this 50 pound hutch upstairs, all by ourselves. Quite the workout! 

It was scrubbed clean beforehand, and takes up permanent residence in Brie's playroom. Bun Bun has a beautiful view of the back yard from the upper level of his new home, and lots of play time opportunities with Brie and her friends. A happy ending for Bun Bun.

Brie introduces Barbie to Bun Bun. He's not impressed.
Brie introduces Barbie to Bun Bun. He's not impressed.

"A little peace and quiet, now, if you please."
"A little peace and quiet, now, if you please."
Bun Bun is now settled in his new home. A well-deserved nap will follow, both for the bunny and the movers of the bunny!

The Blizzard

Bosco. Oblivious to the winter wonderland outside.
Bosco. Oblivious to the winter wonderland outside.
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Don't wake me... it's a snow day!
Don't wake me... it's a snow day!
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Bruno... a little dignity, if you please.
Bruno... a little dignity, if you please.
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One buried coop, and bunny hutch, and patio, etc.
One buried coop, and bunny hutch, and patio, etc.
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Pretty Wreath!
Pretty Wreath!
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Sleeping little chick. Happy Snow Day!
Sleeping little chick. Happy Snow Day!
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Mom... I need to pee.
Mom... I need to pee.
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Anastasia looks pitiful in there.
Anastasia looks pitiful in there.
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Get us out of here!
Get us out of here!
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Free, free, we're free at last!
Free, free, we're free at last!
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Time for cuddling. Here's Brie with Beatrice.
Time for cuddling. Here's Brie with Beatrice.
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Stardust and Brie... her feet look cold!
Stardust and Brie... her feet look cold!
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The girls look befuddled by the snow.
The girls look befuddled by the snow.
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Happy Feet is especially happy to be picked up.
Happy Feet is especially happy to be picked up.
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Black Beauty... Isis with Brie
Black Beauty... Isis with Brie
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Making their way through the frozen tundra.
Making their way through the frozen tundra.
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A little time for free ranging, even if the pickins' are slim.
A little time for free ranging, even if the pickins' are slim.
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Dear Bun Bun... at least he's safe from the snow. We covered his hutch with an old sleeping bag, so the inside of his hutch is bone dry. :)
Dear Bun Bun... at least he's safe from the snow. We covered his hutch with an old sleeping bag, so the inside of his hutch is bone dry. :)
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The hounds have their turn. I dug around the tree for them to have a place to relieve themselves!
The hounds have their turn. I dug around the tree for them to have a place to relieve themselves!
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The boys check out the freshly dug chicken coop.
The boys check out the freshly dug chicken coop.
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Yey, a Pee Tree!
Yey, a Pee Tree!
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Bruno makes a break for it, and runs through the deep snow!
Bruno makes a break for it, and runs through the deep snow!
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Six Little Chicks, Roosting in a Tree...

Six Little Chicks, Roosting in a Tree
Six Little Chicks, Roosting in a Tree
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Perching on a Dry Branch, Happy as Can Be
Perching on a Dry Branch, Happy as Can Be
Brie carefully placed each hen on the tree. They were happy to have their feet out of the cold snow, and love to perch on branches.
Isis and Happy Feet huddle together for warmth.
Isis and Happy Feet huddle together for warmth.
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Stardust surveys her domain, such as it is.
Stardust surveys her domain, such as it is.
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Goldilocks loves to pose for the camera.
Goldilocks loves to pose for the camera.
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Good chicken.
Good chicken.
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Goldilocks goes for a wild ride... on Brie's Shoulder.
Goldilocks goes for a wild ride... on Brie's Shoulder.
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Careful, there.....
Careful, there.....
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Better not fall!
Better not fall!
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Almost there... don't fly away now!
Almost there... don't fly away now!
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Into the coop with you.
Into the coop with you.
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The Morning After, Snowy Coop
The Morning After, Snowy Coop
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The sunrise was beautiful, from every window.
The sunrise was beautiful, from every window.
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A winter wonderland, in our own back yard. :)
A winter wonderland, in our own back yard. :)
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The First Storm

Chickens Rule... Our decorated coop for the holidays, and a chance to free range before the snow storm.
Chickens Rule... Our decorated coop for the holidays, and a chance to free range before the snow storm.
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Moving in.... time to go back to the coop!
Moving in.... time to go back to the coop!
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The chase is on....
The chase is on....
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Run for your lives, girls, run!
Run for your lives, girls, run!
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Poor, slightly stupid Happy Feet, can't seem to find the door.
Poor, slightly stupid Happy Feet, can't seem to find the door.
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So easy to catch... pitiful.
So easy to catch... pitiful.
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Ha! Caught her!
Ha! Caught her!
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Last one in's a rotten egg (so to speak).
Last one in's a rotten egg (so to speak).
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Talk to the butt, my friends.
Talk to the butt, my friends.
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Winterized coop for the girls. Check.
Winterized coop for the girls. Check.
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Happy Hens.
Happy Hens.
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Merry Christmas, Girls!
Merry Christmas, Girls!
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After the snow storm, we carved a path to this tree, where the girls enjoyed a well-deserved dirt bath in the afternoon sun.
After the snow storm, we carved a path to this tree, where the girls enjoyed a well-deserved dirt bath in the afternoon sun.
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Ever-vigilant, Isis is always on the lookout for trouble.
Ever-vigilant, Isis is always on the lookout for trouble.
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Free-ranging girls, enjoying a few pecks of snow-free earth. :)
Free-ranging girls, enjoying a few pecks of snow-free earth. :)
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The Payoff for all of their (and our!) hard work. Eggs! We find anywhere from 4 to 6 of these jewels in the nesting box, daily.
The Payoff for all of their (and our!) hard work. Eggs! We find anywhere from 4 to 6 of these jewels in the nesting box, daily.
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Eggs and Bun Bun

Ta Da! Now, all six of our hens are laying eggs. The green one in the middle is from our Americana. Actually, it is olive colored, absolutely beautiful! She was the last one to lay in our flock, but well worth the wait.
Ta Da! Now, all six of our hens are laying eggs. The green one in the middle is from our Americana. Actually, it is olive colored, absolutely beautiful! She was the last one to lay in our flock, but well worth the wait.
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Brie braves the cold to show off our collection. She is home from school today with a nasty cough, but this surprise brightened her day!
Brie braves the cold to show off our collection. She is home from school today with a nasty cough, but this surprise brightened her day!
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Bun Bun shows off his new "digs." He has a heat lamp, and now a front porch added to his bunny hutch. Quite the deluxe accommodations for the fuzzy rodent. :)
Bun Bun shows off his new "digs." He has a heat lamp, and now a front porch added to his bunny hutch. Quite the deluxe accommodations for the fuzzy rodent. :)
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He's smart enough to go back inside when the hounds are out and about. Good bunny!
He's smart enough to go back inside when the hounds are out and about. Good bunny!
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Fast forward a few days, these pics were taken on a relatively warm, sunny, winter day. The girls enjoy a good dust bath.
Fast forward a few days, these pics were taken on a relatively warm, sunny, winter day. The girls enjoy a good dust bath.
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Brie cuddles with Goldilocks, our Rhode Island Red hen.
Brie cuddles with Goldilocks, our Rhode Island Red hen.
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I don't think she'll ever tire from chasing chickens.
I don't think she'll ever tire from chasing chickens.
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Caught One!
Caught One!
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Our Prize. The beautiful Americana, "Beatrice," is now laying gorgeous green eggs every day!
Our Prize. The beautiful Americana, "Beatrice," is now laying gorgeous green eggs every day!
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We love her, and her eggs are delicious!
We love her, and her eggs are delicious!
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Chicks Visit Local Elementary School

Brie's classmates wait patiently while Brie gently pulls Beatrice from the cage.
Brie's classmates wait patiently while Brie gently pulls Beatrice from the cage.
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The students are amazed at how soft and friendly Beatrice is!
The students are amazed at how soft and friendly Beatrice is!
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There were many questions about the hens... the most popular was, "Does a chicken need a rooster in order to lay eggs?"  The answer.... No!
There were many questions about the hens... the most popular was, "Does a chicken need a rooster in order to lay eggs?" The answer.... No!
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The students recorded observations in their science journals.
The students recorded observations in their science journals.
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Brie enjoyed sharing information about animal husbandry, a new skill she has learned through this engaging hobby.
Brie enjoyed sharing information about animal husbandry, a new skill she has learned through this engaging hobby.
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The students later told Ms. Laus that this was their favorite day of the school year, thanks to the special visit from Brie's hens. :)
The students later told Ms. Laus that this was their favorite day of the school year, thanks to the special visit from Brie's hens. :)
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Pictures

The First Egg

What have we here???
What have we here???
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EGG!!!!!
EGG!!!!!
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Oh Joy of Joys!
Oh Joy of Joys!
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Stardust was hatched in May, and she was hovering around this egg, so we knew this was her creation.
Stardust was hatched in May, and she was hovering around this egg, so we knew this was her creation.
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Chicken experts say that chickens display "pride" in their eggs, and Stardust was no exception. We are proud of her too! We look forward to more eggs in the mornings to come. The rest of the chicks will begin laying eggs around mid-November. So... stay tuned!
Chicken experts say that chickens display "pride" in their eggs, and Stardust was no exception. We are proud of her too! We look forward to more eggs in the mornings to come. The rest of the chicks will begin laying eggs around mid-November. So... stay tuned!
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The Next Chapter

So, you're taking Mirabelle's place? You've got to be kidding!
So, you're taking Mirabelle's place? You've got to be kidding!

OK... I'll take you in and keep you. :)
OK... I'll take you in and keep you. :)
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We'll call you "Stardust" because of your speckled feathers.
We'll call you "Stardust" because of your speckled feathers.
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Stardust, we believe, is a Barred Rock/Polish cross. Pretty, little thing, isn't she!?
Stardust, we believe, is a Barred Rock/Polish cross. Pretty, little thing, isn't she!?
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And sweet too! She likes to be cuddled!
And sweet too! She likes to be cuddled!
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Rhaaaaa! Attack chicken!
Rhaaaaa! Attack chicken!
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Ta Da! Heeeere's "Happy Feet!"
Ta Da! Heeeere's "Happy Feet!"
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This adorable hen is a Bantam Cochin... or Cochin Bantam... whichever.
This adorable hen is a Bantam Cochin... or Cochin Bantam... whichever.
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You see how small and round she is, and her feathered legs and feet?
You see how small and round she is, and her feathered legs and feet?
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Too cute!
Too cute!
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Make a run for it, Stardust!
Make a run for it, Stardust!
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The new hens don't know which way to go....
The new hens don't know which way to go....
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They join the flock to free range.
They join the flock to free range.
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Assimilating quite nicely!
Assimilating quite nicely!
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By the second night, they all slept in the same coop. Yey!!
By the second night, they all slept in the same coop. Yey!!
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During some free ranging time this afternoon, Stardust and Happy Feet enjoyed a time honored tradition among chickens: a dirt bath!
During some free ranging time this afternoon, Stardust and Happy Feet enjoyed a time honored tradition among chickens: a dirt bath!
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Brie took this pic of Stardust getting herself covered in loose dirt. They shake it off, of course. This gets rid of any bugs that might get into their feathers.
Brie took this pic of Stardust getting herself covered in loose dirt. They shake it off, of course. This gets rid of any bugs that might get into their feathers.
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Brie's enjoying some more cuddle time with Happy Feet.
Brie's enjoying some more cuddle time with Happy Feet.
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We learned that chickens love to munch on raisins, so when the hens went back into their coop, we gave them a treat!
We learned that chickens love to munch on raisins, so when the hens went back into their coop, we gave them a treat!
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The chicks devoured the raisins in short order.
The chicks devoured the raisins in short order.
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Well, maybe not all of the raisins. Brie put a lot in there. Here's Goldilocks and Happy Feet.
Well, maybe not all of the raisins. Brie put a lot in there. Here's Goldilocks and Happy Feet.
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Stardust is looking pretty perky.
Stardust is looking pretty perky.
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And did we mention we expanded the coop?
And did we mention we expanded the coop?
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A new run and an extra nesting box fit for two hens really enhances their living space.
A new run and an extra nesting box fit for two hens really enhances their living space.
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Happy hens living in deluxe accommodations. :)
Happy hens living in deluxe accommodations. :)
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Say It Ain't So

The Suspects
The Suspects
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Suspect #1, aka, "Chrys"
Suspect #1, aka, "Chrys"
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Suspect #2.... Mirabelle
Suspect #2.... Mirabelle
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They both look pretty guilty.
They both look pretty guilty.
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She is soooo not a rooster!
She is soooo not a rooster!
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Ignore the bright red comb and pointy saddle feathers!
Ignore the bright red comb and pointy saddle feathers!
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I love you, Chrys.
I love you, Chrys.
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Dear Mirabelle, say it ain't so!
Dear Mirabelle, say it ain't so!
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It simply can't be true, our beautiful Araucana.
It simply can't be true, our beautiful Araucana.
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Those feathers look round to me... don't you agree?
Those feathers look round to me... don't you agree?
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Now, don't even think about accusing Anastasia!
Now, don't even think about accusing Anastasia!
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She's all girl!!
She's all girl!!
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What do you mean, she's a mess?!
What do you mean, she's a mess?!
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Our beautiful Beatrice is safe also.
Our beautiful Beatrice is safe also.
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This is one fine chick we've got here!
This is one fine chick we've got here!
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She'll be laying pretty blue-green eggs in no time. Yey!
She'll be laying pretty blue-green eggs in no time. Yey!
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Bath Time

Brie grabs her first reluctant "customer," Beatrice.
Brie grabs her first reluctant "customer," Beatrice.
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Poor, wet, Beatrice.
Poor, wet, Beatrice.
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Rub a dub, dub. It's a chick in a tub.
Rub a dub, dub. It's a chick in a tub.
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"Please, get me outta here!"
"Please, get me outta here!"
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Now it's, "Fluff time" with a warm, fuzzy towel.
Now it's, "Fluff time" with a warm, fuzzy towel.
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"Why was this necessary, may I ask??"
"Why was this necessary, may I ask??"
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"OK, enough already."
"OK, enough already."
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Now, it's Chrysanthemum's turn.
Now, it's Chrysanthemum's turn.
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"I'll get you wetter than me!!"
"I'll get you wetter than me!!"
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Isis is in a state of shock.
Isis is in a state of shock.
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No harm done. One clean chicken here!
No harm done. One clean chicken here!
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And the proud spa mom has six clean chicks!
And the proud spa mom has six clean chicks!
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Just Havin' Fun....

It's play time with the chicks, again.
It's play time with the chicks, again.
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Mirabelle isn't having fun, but Brie is!
Mirabelle isn't having fun, but Brie is!
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Ha, ha, ha! You're my prisoner of love!
Ha, ha, ha! You're my prisoner of love!
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Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!!!
Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!!!
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Finally, the girls get a chance to free range.
Finally, the girls get a chance to free range.
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It's time to play... Chase the Chicks!
It's time to play... Chase the Chicks!
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It's best to sneak up on them at first, then...
It's best to sneak up on them at first, then...
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The chase is on!!
The chase is on!!
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Run, chicken, run!
Run, chicken, run!
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Hiding behind the chairs works pretty well.
Hiding behind the chairs works pretty well.
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Gotchya!
Gotchya!
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The girls are distracted by the bait... a.k.a. sushi!
The girls are distracted by the bait... a.k.a. sushi!
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Got another one!
Got another one!
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You can't escape now!
You can't escape now!
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Oh no.... we just heard Chrysanthemum "Cock a doodle do" again!
Oh no.... we just heard Chrysanthemum "Cock a doodle do" again!
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Videos


Scrambled Eggs
Separating factory farm egg production from authentic organic agriculture. A report by The Cornucopia Institute. Please help protect and support organic family farmers by contributing and becoming a member of The Cornucopia Institute: app.etapestry.com

Susan Orlean: Backyard Poultry
The New Yorker's Susan Orlean talks with The Agenda about why the humble hen is making a big comeback in urban areas. For more on Susan Orlean visit TVO.org: bit.ly

How to Raise Chickens
This is an excerpt from the Martha Stewart show that aired 4/2/2010 on how to raise chickens. In this segment Bud Wood from the Murray MacMurray Hatchery shows Martha how to get a new batch of chicks started.

How to Raise Chickens Part II
Traci Torres of MyPetChicken.com shows Martha a few more things about raising chickens.

Martha's Hens
Martha takes time out to show us the many varieties of hen she has at her farm, all of which are now laying eggs!

Martha Stewart shows how to put a chicken to sleep
Martha Stewart shows how to put a chicken to sleep via a flip cam shot by Charlie Green Makeup Artist

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