Happy Valentine’s Day! Now, I am the least mushy gushy person out there so this day can come and go and it doesn’t make any difference to me. My husband, however, is the most romantic, lovey dovey, falls for all the Hallmark holidays, sentimental love ever, so he is all about days like this even though he is already all of these things the other 364 days of the year! Let me do my best here to shower him with some written PDA: simply put, none of this would be possible without him! He’s the builder of all the new things, the fixer of all the broken things, the supporter of my chicken math, the realistic to my big vision, the shoulder to cry on, the hands to hold, the calm to my crazy, the best damn thing to ever happen to me! Now go tell your loves how much you love them 🙂
Time for some cute chick update pics! When I saw this free tea towel gift in my First Saturday Lime box, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it: photo prop! The chicks are a month old today so of course we needed to do a Valentine’s Day themed photo shoot to show how much they’ve grown in 4 short weeks. The cute fluff ball age only lasts about 12 seconds before they turn into these teenage dinosaur looking things! This is the first batch of chicks that I can still tell the distinct difference between each chick from Day 1 to now, with the exception of the two Black Copper Marans girls who look more similar as they grow. They’re still hanging out in my office since it’s still too cold outside to even move them to the insulated garage yet. I can’t wait until I can deep clean all the never-ending dust out of here. Brooding chicks in the winter isn’t for the faint of heart, they are serious dust machines!
Without further ado:
The biggest and most friendly is the Blue Splash Marans with the Black Copper Marans rooster right behind her in size. Now that I’ve had a known male in the bunch, I can much better notice the differences between him and the girls. Stowing that knowledge into memory for when the chicken math turns to straight run orders or hatching out my own eggs! Everyone else is growing at about the same rate and they’re already well on their way to learning how to be chickens. It never ceases to amaze me how fast they mature and how young they are self sufficient!
Our next chick update will probably be in 2 to 4 weeks when they either move out to the insulated garage brooder or the grow out coop in the barn depending on the weather. Phil the groundhog called for an early spring but I’ll believe it when I see it! The rest of the chickens are loving the horse stall coop and we will be working on building a covered run off the back of the barn over the course of the next week. My handsome, hard working, forever valentine husband moved all the sheet metal, cast iron graveyard, and round pen panels from the back of the barn to a more hidden staging area on a trail in the woods. We are stingy about throwing out any form of building materials and as long as it’s organized, it looks like resourcefulness, not a hoarder pile. We have tons of projects coming up this year and all those saved materials will be put to good use in due time!
Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day, or Thursday, whichever way you look at it! 🙂