New Babies!

Baby Buffs, one week old

Last Saturday, I got four new baby Buff Orpingtons as the feed store in town. They are adorable!!! They have been healthy and active all week, and seem very happy in their temporary brooder which I have set up in the guest room bathroom so I can keep a close eye on them. They seem more active than the others I have raised in the past. Three years ago I was not so lucky. One ended up being a rooster, and one died last summer, so of that little flock, I have only one left (Buttercup) besides my Big Girls, who are six. I need to make them a birthday cake! Maybe tomorrow. Anyhow, these new little ones are already adept at flying out of the brooder if the screened top is off. I do not use a heat lamp. I use a heating plate that I got from Premier 1.

This creates an environment very similar to a mother hen, and the chicks adapt to it nicely. It is also less costly and not dangerous as a heat lamp. The chicks get natural daylight from the window and when it is dark they go under their little heat plate and sleep.

These chicks are supposed to be all pullets (female). The girl at the feed store also knew how to check their wing feathers and assured me that they are all pullets. We shall see! There is one little baby who has a more brown tint to her down and she is a feisty one. She is also the best and most daring flyer.

My little brownie on top the feed jar

I have not named them yet. I want to be able to tell them apart, and give them names that will go with their different personalities. But I have a list: Mayzie, Marigold, Nellie, Hermione, Rosie Mae, Hazel, SunDrop, Nellie, Daisy, Clover, Angel, Peaches, Goldie, Ginger. Which ones do you vote for? Tell me in a comment below!

I will keep you updated on the adventures of these four little girls. They are two weeks old today, and already are sprouting tail feathers as you can perhaps see in the photo below.

4 thoughts on “New Babies!

  1. Dearest Susan – I finally have read your blogs! I love the warmth your words radiate. I want to get chickens again!
    Spring has made her presence known here for about a month. In fact my winter broccoli has bolted. I harvest what I can and leave some of the broccoli flower stalks for the bees.
    Looking forward to your May blog.
    Love to you and Pat – Cousin Brenda

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    1. Thanks, Dad4Gracie. I will try to update often. Just now, they are just two weeks old and already flying out of thenroodet when I take off the top. They have so much more energy than the last ones I brooded. One little girl heads right to my lap when we have daily socializing time. I think she may be my Mayzie. Please keep us in your prayers. I sing to my girls every night, and think of your prayers❤️. My main concern is that my six year olds will accept them onto the flock when the time comes.

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