First off, I had way too much for just one post. This one here is a two parter. Our regular Fashion Shoot Tuesday has been replaced with a l’il feature I like to call CUTENESS OVERLOAD, also known as the land in which I currently live.
I am happy to report that 72 hours later we have 29 meat birds, 9 layers, 3 duckings and are headed back to the chick barn after work today to get a few more meat birds and a couple more layers.
I AM IN CUTENESS BLISS. And using cedar shavings takes away about 99% of the ammonia smell from said birdies. This is essential when we’re talking the size of our home vs. the 8 ft. cardboard brooder box that currently lives on our kitchen/dining table.
On Friday, we went to the chick barn.
Do not be deceived by the ultra-cute graphics. Walking into this space is similar to the experience of putting an ammonia scented blanket over your head. However, after a few minutes you get used to it. And the cuteness. Oh, the cuteness.
We were told upon arrival that our 10 Ameraucanas had died en route to Fairbanks. Actually, all the Ameraucanas had died en route (the guy thought they had gotten too hot) so we were allowed to pick out 10 different layers. We ended up going with 5 Chanteclair and 5 Sussex.
The cuteness overload was at a peak. We raced home and, to the peeping of our 40 little additions to house and home, we quickly assembled the cardboard shack/brooder house. The kitchen was chaos due to a highly stacked table of dishes (which is where the chicks were supposed to be housed) and the box was bulky and the chicks were chilled (needing to be kept at 90 degrees for that first week) and everyone was a little harried. But we got it done.
We had scavenged a large cardboard box from the Transfer Site and, despite the fact that our Kitchen is in a consistent state of move-five-things-to-put-away-one-thing, everything has fit pretty well.
Once we were sure that the chicks were warm, fed and had water the photos began.
And then Sabine met a chick.
That’s all for Monday folks! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post called, “CUTENESS OVERLOAD II – We’ve added ducks.”
Cheers and Love,
Maple and Me