We have babies!

AHH! One of our Black Australorp hens just hatched out 6 gorgeous little balls of fluff! The kids and I went out in the morning and I hear my son screaming, “Mama, come see! Come see!” So I run over and there she was with her babies just walking around the farm like it was no big deal.

You may be wondering why we are so excited to see baby chicks if we keep roosters and hens on the farm. They are bound to have babies, right? Well, no. Not necessarily. We had one rooster and 3 hens for over a year and none of the hens ever went broody long enough to hatch out any eggs. Their breed was more for consistent egg production, not for being a great mama.

So, for us this is HUGE! The second part of the surprise is that we weren’t sure if she was broody or not. We have over 40 chickens that free range 24/7. Yup. I’m not kidding. So, yea… they are a little tough to keep track of. No predators get them because we have four dogs that keep everything away. So, it works. They sleep in trees and roam our 5 little acres all day long. So, as you can imagine- they lay eggs wherever they want to. We go on egg hunts every day to locate them although we have a few different tricky systems in place to get them to lay in the same place every day. But our tricks don’t always work and they change spots. It’s a little crazy but fun! I love that my kids get to experience little things like this right in their backyard.

When’s the last time you saw baby chicks?

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6 Responses to We have babies!

  1. ga447 November 9, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I am glad you are home to experience this moment with your children. I love the children get to do the egg hunt. Great experiences for them. I see you were a great success in Houston, congrats, all that hard work and dedication paid off. Have a blessed ay.

  2. deelish10 November 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Great experience! just love those fuzzy babies. if you are fortunate to get mama to let you near them they will get used to you even as adults! thanks for sharing that is wonderful!
    ps I voted for you on craftsy!

  3. BillieBee (billiemick) November 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    So cute!

  4. Fran November 10, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    They are so cute.

  5. Anonymous November 11, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I love your picture! I love chickens and would love to try raising them but my “egg lady” down the road said she caught 3 fox in her hen house. She is short 20 chickens but this world is also short 3 fox because she was able to trap the fox in the coop and her son took care of them when he got home. She has 2 outside dogs! I don’t think I want to raise chickens 🙁

  6. Rejina Tyson November 19, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    Omgeee…They are so cute! Great little story. Thanks for sharing! I want a couple of those cute little black puff balls. Mail them? 😉

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