Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Meet the Chicks (Part 1)

I would like to introduce you to newest members of our little farm.


Sally was purchased from the local farms store. A few days before the first hatch, a very impatient Brady had been escorting Gizmo to the farm store to pick up some guinea pig hay, and could not resist bringing her home. As she is the oldest, she is currently the largest and most feathered out. Brady's shoulder has been a favorite roosting spot of hers.


Gearbox is a black Orpington. We think she is a girl, but we very well could be wrong. Spike was very excited for her to hatch and came running down the driveway after school the day I texted her imminent arrival. He was the one who got to name her. 


Squirt LOVES watermelon and had decided to name his chicken accordingly. Watermelon is definitely acting like a rooster, and is bigger than Gearbox. His feathers are mostly black, but speckled with brown.


Cupcake was our first duckling to hatch, and was promptly named by Princess. We know that she is a girl because of her color. She is something of a ninja duck, and is also jumping off things or climbing. 


Gizmo is the proud mama of this little boy duck. He can often be found snuggled into the hood of her jacket, or cuddled up on her lap. He even follows her around when she sets him down.


I suppose it is one of the facts of having so many animals, but sometimes things just don't go as planned. Oliver was the duckling that I named. He was an adorable little boy with dark markings. We have noticed a bald spot on his head, and he seemed pretty weak. Sadly, he began having seizures when he was three days old. Me and Brady held him and tried to keep him warm, but as the seizures got worse and I could tell he was in a lot of pain, we made a hard decision to put him down. I do miss him. 

Here is Sally, Watermelon, and Gearbox playing. Watermelon still had a little bit of umbilical cord on him, but that didn't stop him from trying to get Gizmo's fingers. 

Here is Sebastian following Gizmo around our front room. We are still in moving in mode, so please ignore the mess and paint cans. :)