Flock update

My, my how the chicks and ducks have grown in such a short while. They are around 4-5 weeks now and are growing like weeds. I keep hoping the snow will melt so we can get their outdoor coop set up, but no such luck yet as we just were dumped on again! However, today the temperature is reading 50 degrees F (10 C) outside so hopefully we are in for warmer days now.

We decided having the chicks and ducks together was not a good idea anymore, the ducks are like little T-Rex’s and tower over the chicks and they are quite a bit messier! So separation time was neigh! During the set up of the new duck residence we let Agatha and Bert take a practice swim and boy did they enjoy that!
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Those two really enjoyed their little wading time and I think we will be letting them do that a little more now that they are getting bigger.

The chicks are feathering nicely and seem to enjoy are company once they get past being spooked! They are having little chicken fights now, apparently establishing a pecking order. They are not cute fluff balls anymore, but they are still adorable in a sparsely feathered way.

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All-in-all our flock is healthy and happy. Growing a bit big and stinky for the basement but alas this is the U.P. and you just have to roll with the weather Mother Nature decides to send us. Here is my back yard yesterday, all snow covered (see my chair swing all buried down there?), at least it was sunny and warm-ish.

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Well my crochet project is taking shape and maybe I will have pictures for next time, I keep getting distracted by cleaning up after birds and what not! What I’m making is a baby shower present and I should have completed this already if not for distractions, maybe I should change my blog name to Laura B Getting Distracted? The project is this Baby Dragon and I should finish it up shortly if I remain focused! Until next time have a great day and happy hooking!

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Spring Babies

Over the evening we got what is hopefully our last snow storm of the season!  It was annoyingly beautiful this morning with snow clinging to all the trees limbs.  This winter seems relentless, but I know it will eventually come to an end….unless this is the start of the new ice age! PLEASE NO!   I have been trying to get myself into a more Springy mood so when I went into town to shop I stopped by the Tractor Supply store to look at Spring’s new arrivals.  The peeps and ducklings are so adorable and can always make me smile!  This year my husband finally agreed that raising our own chickens would be a good idea.  So we picked out some babies and went home with a small flock of six chicks and two ducklings!

They are kept under heat lamps so every picture came out red.  So I decided to take some black and whites instead.  So here is our little flock of Spring cuteness! Image

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We’ve named the ducks Bert and Agatha, but since it’s harder to tell the chicks apart they remain nameless for now.  This undertaking will be a lot of work but I do look forward to eventually having fresh eggs daily.  The coop will be brought in once the snow melts.  It’s a second hand coop so I’m sure it will need some work, but I had intended on having to build one so this is a much better alternative.  I can’t wait to get that cleaned and set up for them.  Right now they are living quite comfortably in a pen in my basement torturing the cats and dogs with their peeping and pecking at them through the openings.  Once they get a little bigger I will integrate them more with the household pets to ensure that everyone gets along nicely.

I haven’t crocheted much more than an Easter egg or two this week which is really rather fitting since we now have chickens!  I have a couple projects that I need to do for an upcoming baby shower so I will be back at it now!  Until next time, Have a Great Day and Happy Hooking!