Growing like little weeds—six days old

Hillary, black australorp.  

It’s Monday night and our five-day chick maternity leave is over. We’ve literally been able to watch them grow before our very eyes and they are finally settling down and letting us hold them. Karen and I have taken turns every day going in to hold them, call them by name and ever so gently stroke their heads.

Most of the time they fall asleep in our hands and it feels almost as if they are purring.

The coolest thing ever.

Each one is developing their own personality.

Hillary is bursting with self-confidence. She’s always the first to notice something new. She’s also the biggest of the chicks. As you can see from her photo, her wings are developing nicely and she has the cutest darn little tail feathers. She is perfectly content sleeping on her back in Karen’s hands. And, she is also spending more and more time on the make-shift swing Karen built for their brooder.

Gracie, a mystery bantam but we’re secretly hoping she’s a silkie

Gracie is the tiniest, a petite little chick. She also has a gentle personality. She’s the quickest to settle down and fall asleep in our hands. We are really hoping she will be a silkie. Her eggs will be about a third of the size of the others, but that is OK with us. Her feathers will require a little more care when she moves out to the coop. The coop will be nice and dry but I suspect their run will be more mud than not, especially in the winter.

Her wing feathers sprouted almost over night and they are growing so fast, it’s almost like we could watch them grow.

Blender, a Plymouth barred rock   

Sweet, sweet Blender. She’s the content one. She kinda toddles around with the other chicks scratching in their bedding. Blender loves to be held. She’d stay in our hands all day if she could.

Maude, an olive egger   

Maude is also super sweet and ready for her modeling career. When we did photos this afternoon she worked the catwalk like a pro.

I adore her little tuft of feathers that will soon be tail feathers. She’s almost as big as Hillary. Like Blender, she would be held all day if she could.

Talley, an americauna   

Talley waits to be picked up. Today I just laid my hand down in the brooder and she promptly jumped up on one of my fingers as if she were already roosting. Talley is another one that was born to model.

Her tail feathers are probably the most developed of all the chicks and her wings are just beautiful.

Edie, a mystery bantam, guessing maybe a frizzle   

Edie, Edie, Edie. Her feathers on her wings are all over the place. We are guessing she might be a frizzle chick. Her personality is quirky, just like her feathers. This girl just wants to have fun.

Neither Karen nor I have ever had chickens. I’ve always loved to photograph them. Nobody told us they were pooping machines. Holy smokes! I can’t even count the number of times we have had to change their water.