1 The chicken yard and coops were cleaned from top to bottom before the chicks arrived.
2 The chickens and roosters were very curious to see what was going on.
3 This is a Porcelain d'Uccle Bantam hen. These birds are beautifully colored with beards, muffs and fluffy feathers on the legs.
4 It is not always easy to tell a hen's age, but this hen is at least a few years old by the look of her shanks, or lower legs. A young bird has very smooth, shiny legs.
5 All the excitement was because of this box - Traci Torres, founder of My Pet Chicken, delivered a box of 39 cute, plump chicks to the farm.
6 One of my four coops was set up just for the chicks. A cardboard brooder protects the chicks from drafts while also providing ample ventilation.
7 It is big enough so they can move out from under the heat lamps if they wish. Rounded brooders prevent them from getting stuck in corners.
8 Dawa filled all the waterers with clean, fresh water, and then one by one, placed the chicks into their new enclosure.
9 Some of these images may appear tinted red because of the two heat lamps suspended above the brooder.
10 Red heat bulbs shine darker than white heat bulbs, making it more comforting for the chicks to sleep. Raising and lowering the lamps will help adjust the temperature.
11 After the ride to the farm, they were pretty thirsty, and hungry. The important thing is to not use open dishes - chicks can drown easily. Open dishes also encourage wading, which is extra messy.
12 As soon as the chicks were placed into the brooder, they went right to the feeder. These babies are just a few days old, so it is very good to see them adapt so quickly.
13 The yellow chick with the black spot is called a Super Blue Egger, a custom breed developed by Traci and My Pet Chicken. http://www.mypetchicken.com/
14 These chicks all have clear eyes and are very alert - signs of good health.
15 These babies need about two-square feet per chick when in the brooder, so they have ample space to move around. It may sound like a lot at first, but they grow so fast.
16 These chicks include a Blue Copper Marans, a Lemon Cuckoo Neiderrheiner, and a Black Copper Marans.
17 On average, about 10-chicks can consume approximately one-pound of chick starter feed per day. For 39-chicks, that adds up to about four pounds of chick starter feed daily!!
18 A good chick starter feed will contain protein for weight gain and muscle development, plus vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy and to build their immune systems.
19 The chicks will be fed organic chick starter feed for the first six to eight weeks.
20 Usually after one chick finds the water source, the others will follow, but it's always good to watch and make sure they are all able to access their water and food easily.
21 This is a Black Copper Marans chick.
22 The darker gray chick in front is a Blue Copper Marans, and his friend behind is a Lavender Wyandotte. Wyandotte hens are generally very dependable egg layers.
23 These chicks include a Black Copper Marans, a Cuckoo Bluebar, also exclusive to My Pet Chicken, and a Bielefelder with the little chipmunk stripe on his back.
24 This adorable chick is called a Cuckoo Niederrheiner. These birds are very friendly and lay good numbers of large, pale brown eggs.
25 They are all so healthy, and seem very comfortable here at the farm.
26 Baby chicks need constant monitoring until they are at least a month old. Dawa will check on them several times a day for the next few weeks.
27 Meanwhile, outside, it was beautiful, and all the chickens were enjoying the mild weather. This is a Black Copper Marans rooster. You can tell by the very light feathering on his legs.
28 This is a lovely Lavender Orpington. She lays large, pale brown eggs, and she's very friendly.
29 When laying, these hens do appreciate privacy - all my coops have individual nesting boxes for all my hens.
30 Here, a lovely Blue Orpington rooster, two Easter Egger hens, and a rare, Double-Laced Barnevelder hen, who lays dark-chocolate colored eggs. They are all so pretty.
31 This is an older Buff Brahma who has been on the farm for years. All my chickens get good quality feed and all the delicious scraps from my kitchen - they live long, happy lives here at the farm.
32 This is my turkey - she's very friendly, and is always eager to greet visitors.
33 This is an Easter Egger - a mixed breed chicken that lays green eggs.
34 This is a White Leghorn rooster.
35 I've raised many different chicken breeds and varieties over the years - they are all so beautiful to observe. I am fascinated by their many colors and feather patterns.
36 I also have some Guinea fowl. They eat insects and seeds, including ants, flies, and ticks. They are quite loud, but very interesting to look at with their featherless heads and polka-dotted feathers.
37 And, here are my two Pomeranian guard geese. These geese are very protective and very noisy, especially when visitors arrive.
38 It was a very busy day down by the chicken coops. It is always lots of fun to watch chicks mature and develop. I will post more photos of these adorable chicks soon!
39 In just six months, many of the young hens will start to lay beautiful, delicious eggs - I can't wait.
40 And, look - here they are just yesterday at 10-days old! They've grown a lot already!