Thursday, April 19, 2012

Welcome Little Peeps!

Monday morning I headed to the chicken coop
to see if the eggs under the two setting
hens had hatched.

It was day 21. Nothing.

I went back a couple of hours later
and found this!


Well I actually heard it before
I saw it. 

Peep Peep Peep
and then out from under Momma's
wing popped this sweet little head.

Then this little one came out 
from the other side!


Two little chicks
exploring their world
for the first time.

And then there were three!
 A later trip to the coop revealed
there were 3 little fuzzy chicks.

The little one on it's momma 
is a little mixed Black Australorp/ 
Buff Orpington
and the other two are pure bred
Black Australorp.

Now isn't that the cutest 
little 'fuzzy butt' you've
ever seen!


Momma 'Golda Meir'
 is already showing her chicks
how to hunt and peck just like the
big girls do. 

Unfortunately the eggs under
'Helen From Hell'
didn't hatch. Two were not
fertilized and two were
but she must not have spent enough
time on her nest keeping them warm
as they were not fully developed.

I put Helen back in with the other chickens.

Today we'll open momma and the chicks
door and they will be allowed to 
explore the big wide world
in the safety of their own 'run'. 

It should be an exciting day
for the little family
and us too! 



Our Country Bungalow said...

Congratulations on your new little chicks! I love seeing mothers and babies in the yard. Your pictures are great!
p.s. Helen from Hell -- haha!

Beth said...

oh, that is so exciting. i love it!! little fuzzy butt & all. will you name them? i love their colors. can't wait to see more. hope they enjoy their 1st run. (:

Rural Revival said...

Little chicks are the best thing to have around the farm in the spring, aren't they?! We're expecting two more batches this weekend and next week. Can.Not.Wait!

And I swear, if it wasn't for the peeps, I wouldn't have know our little chick was around for the first week!

They're so sweet. I will have to show these pics to the twins. They thought all chicks were yellow and were surprised when ours was brown. : )


FlowerLady said...

Those pictures are so sweetly wonderful!! I love the little chick sitting on Mama. Such a cute little family.

Thanks for sharing ~ FlowerLady

TexWisGirl said...

they are so precious. they must be a thrill for you.

Country Gal said...

AWWW how cute ! Pretty little things ! Awesome photos and congrats to you and the momma ! Have a great day !

Deb said...

These photos are fabulous, Maura. They are so sweet. She looks to be a pretty calm little momma. Looking forward to watching them grow. Hugs, Deb

John Gray said...

SOME of your nicest photos maura
I have a buff sitting on eggs which are due next week!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

How sweet, they are some of the prettiest little chicks, but then mamma is so beautiful a bird herself.
What a lovely time of the year, all the new life around us.

NanaDiana said...

Is there anything sweeter in the world than those little baby chicks? It makes me want to pick them up and rub my nose into their soft little feathers. What a proud Mama sitting there. Poor Helen From Hell!;>) xo Diana

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

How lovely to be greeted with this new life. Geat photos.

Anonymous said...

pop out & already walkin all over momma! hehehee =) wonderful captures =)

Ronda said...

How wonderfully exciting!!!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

They are just adorable!

Kaaren said... darling and mama is a grand dame for sure!

My new pullets...8 of them...arrive on May 16th. We're just getting the coop ready for them now.

Neesie said...

Congrats...wonderful to see Maura,
If those little cuties grow up to be like their Mama they'll be mighty fine specimens.
It's lovely to think of them exploring their new world and what a beautiful home they have...they are certainly lucky chicks.
Have fun :D

Texan said...

Oh they are adorable!!!!

Pondside said...

How lovely, Maura! You are so lucky to have chicks - I'd like some too, but can't risk getting any little fellows in the bunch! There's no telling what my neighbour would do!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pictures! I haven't seen anything that precious in a long long time. I can't wait to watch them grow up.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Maura:You are a Grandma!!Congratulations!! How sweet are those little babies? Beautiful mama too. I bet I could even pick up one of those little guys. Now when do you introduce them to the rest of the gang?..Happy Thursday..Judy

Dog Trot Farm said...

How exciting, three little balls of fluff, and momma hen is so pretty. A sign of spring for sure! Hugs, Julie.

Lynne said...

Great photos of your little peeps and their momma . . . What fun it must be to witness this joy?

Mecky said...

Congratulations Grandma! Your chicks are so cute!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

New life is always so beautiful.

val's alentejo said...

Maura, what adorable photos of the little baby chicks. Mum seems very satisfied with herself.
Waiting for photos of them running around their run.
Happy days ahead..
great photos and super post
thank you
val xx

Melanie said...

Hoping to have some new chicks this weekend! Love watching a new life explore their surroundings!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to your little peepers!

gtyyup said...

Aren't they just sweet?!!? Momma hen sounds like the perfect momma too.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I wondering if there are farming magazines that take photograph submissions. I think yours would be great in such a place. Beautiful!

Liza Jones said...

Ohhh!! They are so cute, I can't stand it! I'm hoping to get our coop built this weekend - I'll keep you posted!!

Anonymous said...

Soooo precious! Nothing like having little peepers!

I love, love your coop!!!! So cute!

LANA said...

How absolutely adorable! Will you be naming them?

Leslie's Garden said...

They are the cutest little things ever! I am surprised by how fluffy they are. I'm used to seeing baby birds that look like little skeletons! Cute, cute, cute!

Betsy said...

How exciting! I look forward to seeing the chicks grow. Everytime I visit your blog I just feel so inspired--it's truly lovely.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I just came over from Muddy Boot Dreams and I'm SO glad I did! I love reading about chickens especially when little fluffy chicks are involved. We can't have chickens here (against zoning ordinances) so I have to live vicariously through others like yourself. Congrats on the little ones!

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Vintage Gal said...

Maura ~ how sweet is that? Isn't it just a miracle, the birth of a chick. Wow, would have loved to have been there. My girls are just laying hens and we do not have a rooster. But, some day....

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Ohhhh those are adorable little chicks...I miss seeing chickens running around.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Verde Farm said...

Beautiful pictures--I love the little chicks--there is nothing cuter anywhere :)

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Baby chicks are so cute!


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