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Just In Time For Easter…

April 21, 2011

We skipped the eggs and went straight for the chickens! The babies are here and staying warm in a little set-up we created in the laundry room. They’ll have to stay inside for another few weeks until they get more of their big-girl feathers…  but we’re not quite sure if the space will be big enough for them soon, they’re growing so fast. There are a couple different kinds of breeds including Rhode Island Reds, a Sex Link, and Ameraucanas. It’s so funny to see their different personalities already- the Reds seem to be the most bold (and eager to escape), while the Ameraucanas are much more skittish. A pretty cool sidenote- the Ameraucanas lay blue eggs! No dye necessary, thank you.

More chick pics on flickr, and a little video to boot:

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65 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2011 10:30 am

    Wow they are sooo cute! Good luck with them, congrats on being pressed…

  2. April 21, 2011 11:02 am

    Really cute and inspiring!!!

  3. April 21, 2011 11:22 am

    Congrats on being FP! We want chicks/chickens. Gonna build a house for them first.

  4. beckyspringer permalink
    April 21, 2011 11:24 am

    Aww how cute are they!!!! Happy Easter!

  5. April 21, 2011 11:28 am

    Awwwwwwww…

  6. April 21, 2011 11:29 am

    You are allowed to have chickens in your city?

  7. April 21, 2011 11:44 am

    Soo cute!! Thanks for sharing and congratulations of being Freshly Pressed. 😀

  8. April 21, 2011 11:49 am

    Baby chicks are sooooo precious. They are hatching at my friend Billy’s house. Have a blessed Easter. Really enjoyed your blog !

  9. iliad2odessy permalink
    April 21, 2011 11:59 am

    I used to raise laying hens. I had Rhode Island Reds, Golden Comets and New Hampshire. I always wanted to raise Ameraucanas but I never got around to ordering any before I went away to college. We would let them free-range in the summer, the advantage of being on the farm. They were so beautiful.
    Chickens can be quite tame if you keep up with the continuous contact. I made a pet out of one of my hens because I held her so much.
    Anyway, have fun!

  10. April 21, 2011 11:59 am

    Cute!

  11. April 21, 2011 12:05 pm

    Какие хорошие цыплята, ваши домашние?

  12. April 21, 2011 12:05 pm

    Aww so cute! Great shots, too!

  13. April 21, 2011 12:08 pm

    Adorable chicks. I am so glad urban chickens are in vogue– keeping chickens makes so much sense.

  14. April 21, 2011 12:17 pm

    A very nice post for Easter time, all the best.

  15. April 21, 2011 12:24 pm

    There soo cute :]

  16. iveyl permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:24 pm

    So adorable, this made my day! Someday I’d like to have chickens, but until then I’m glad that I can watch yours! : )

  17. April 21, 2011 12:25 pm

    Very cute. “Hot Chicks Of Oakland” LOL. Congrats on Freshly Pressed!

  18. April 21, 2011 1:05 pm

    Oh my… they are so cute! When I was little we tried raising chickens but our dog did them in… hopefully yours do better!

  19. April 21, 2011 1:18 pm

    Awwww! they are adorable. Can I have one? 🙂

  20. April 21, 2011 1:23 pm

    Those little girls are so cool! Been researching how to have some chickens in my backyard too. You’ve convinced me that raising them from “scratch” is the way to go. But tell the truth, how much work are they? If you’ve got any good resources, would love to see them.

    Keep doing great things!

  21. April 21, 2011 1:36 pm

    grows into an adult …
    and be a useful animal .. 🙂

  22. April 21, 2011 1:43 pm

    Awww reminds me of my little chick chick when I was little. My mom accidentally stepped on her. 😦

    Congratulations on being FP! Bay Area represent!

  23. bigrimmedglasses permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:09 pm

    Beautiful! How are you housing them? My hubby and I are interested in getting chicks very soon and we’d love to see your set up and read about any of your resources!

  24. April 21, 2011 2:14 pm

    Awww lil chickadees!!!

  25. judithornot permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:22 pm

    Ameraucanas also lay green and red eggs. 🙂 And they are larger eggs than the average chicken.

  26. April 21, 2011 2:22 pm

    Blue eggs! Do they taste blue when you cook them?

    Crystal

  27. April 21, 2011 2:31 pm

    My grandmother had lots of Rhode Island Reds as I was growing up. I sure miss them.
    -Elizabeth

  28. April 21, 2011 2:40 pm

    Wow, thanks so much for all the great feedback guys! To answer some of your questions, we are currently keeping them in a big metal washbin with sawdust on the bottom and chicken wire over the top. We have a heat lamp hanging overhead that will be raised little by little as they grow.

    The coop that’s being built is about 6’x8′ of space enclosed with chicken wire, with an additional roosting box attached to it. It’s reccommended that each chicken has about 10 sf of roaming space, so the size is based on that.

    As for what’s legal in Oakland, I found this nifty site (http://home.centurytel.net/thecitychicken/chickenlaws.html)
    which states that in our city chickens are allowed as long as they’re enclosed and 20 ft away from any dwelling.

    Talking with other chicken owners, I’ve been told to take extra precautionary steps to avoid RATS, which are pretty much guaranteed if you have chickens. Also, we have to consider having the chickens’ wings clipped as they will be able to fly enough to get over fences (assuming we let them out once in a while).

    A good resource: http://urbanchickens.org/ or http://www.squidoo.com/BackyardChickens

  29. April 21, 2011 2:49 pm

    Aww….. how cute!

  30. April 21, 2011 2:49 pm

    Awww, they are too cute!

  31. April 21, 2011 3:18 pm

    Are these chicks from Mills College?! If so, I saw them hatch a few days ago. There were 6 and of different breeds as well…if not, they are just as cute:)

  32. April 21, 2011 4:21 pm

    Chickens are great – nice photos – good luck with them!

  33. April 21, 2011 4:38 pm

    These are so cute! I love the grey feathers!

  34. April 21, 2011 5:23 pm

    I loved raising chickens. Didn’t buy eggs for 15 years, always had fresh. Thanks

  35. April 21, 2011 6:16 pm

    They are very cute. Enjoy your chickies!
    Happy Easter

  36. April 21, 2011 6:16 pm

    Aww so cute! Great shots, too!

  37. April 21, 2011 6:20 pm

    Happy chicken farming! – and Happy Easter.

  38. April 21, 2011 6:38 pm

    found you via fresh pressed! I love chickens–have been dreaming of a chicken coop–but until then, I enjoy chickens vicariously through friends and blog posts like yours.

  39. April 21, 2011 6:54 pm

    Oh my goodness, aren’t they the most precious things you’ve ever seen! I want the little one. 🙂

  40. April 21, 2011 7:19 pm

    They’re so precious! Can I have one?

  41. April 21, 2011 7:28 pm

    Aw, I love chicks! I used to work as a cashier in a ranch store where we sold chicks and ducklings every spring. One night the power went out and I was worried about the remaining babies being cold without their heat lamps on, so I was behind the front counter checking shoppers out with a whole flock of baby birds tucked down the front of my hoodie. ;D

  42. April 21, 2011 7:50 pm

    those chicks are gems!

  43. April 21, 2011 7:52 pm

    What cute birds!!
    Happy Easter!

  44. April 21, 2011 8:51 pm

    Adorable! I always wanted “chickies” but I want them to stay that way lol.

  45. April 21, 2011 9:05 pm

    Cute.
    What are your plans for the chickens?

  46. April 21, 2011 9:08 pm

    Yay for chicks 🙂 I’m happy for you, and yeah.. just in time!

    Edwin
    http://www.awkwardlist.com

  47. April 21, 2011 9:26 pm

    Sooo cute! We raised a mix of chicks, too, and the Rhode Island Reds were also the boldest as chicks, and are the most aggressive as adults. One took a chunk out of my finger! 😦

  48. April 21, 2011 10:27 pm

    my son kept saying ” they are so cute” and indeed they are. happy Easter!

  49. April 21, 2011 10:56 pm

    So adorable!

    I saw this post featured under the WordPress Photography tag. Coincidentally, I know you!

  50. April 22, 2011 1:09 am

    Naw… how adorable! I remember we used to have an incubator in our primary school and I absolutely loved watching them hatch! Happy Easter!

  51. April 22, 2011 2:43 am

    You’ll have so many eggs now, you’ll have to give them away. Congrats!

  52. April 22, 2011 3:44 am

    Great shots……… nice pics

    Happy Easter & God Bless..

  53. April 22, 2011 4:45 am

    What a fantastic way to celebrate Easter! The chicks are adorable. Seeing their photos makes me want to add a few to our small flock. We just got our first batch of chicks last fall and can’t believe how much we love having chickens here on our farm. In fact, I just published a post all about how excited we are to be celebrating our first Easter with fresh eggs! Enjoy the chicks and have a Happy Easter.

    http://www.1840farm.wordpress.com

  54. April 22, 2011 6:55 am

    So cute. To be a protector of animals.

  55. April 22, 2011 6:58 am

    I am proud of all you have done. You are a good person.

  56. April 22, 2011 5:53 pm

    Wow. This is a fun process to seeing them grow up

  57. thor27 permalink
    April 23, 2011 10:53 am

    I read freshly pressed almost daily
    Check out my blog sometime.
    “Whatcha need Got you covered in Northwest Houston,Tx.”

  58. April 24, 2011 7:24 am

    aw i remember when i was in kindergarten around easter our little birds would always hatch too. super cute. thanks for letting me remember my childhood days. =] great post

  59. April 25, 2011 1:45 am

    Those little girls are so cool! Been researching how to have some chickens in my backyard too. You’ve convinced me that raising them from “scratch” is the way to go. But tell the truth, how much work are they? If you’ve got any good resources, would love to see them.

    Keep doing great things!

  60. Rachel Grima permalink
    April 25, 2011 3:00 am

    Aw they are so adorable! And you’ve taken really nice shots too!

  61. April 25, 2011 11:45 pm

    I used to raise laying hens. I had Rhode Island Reds, Golden Comets and New Hampshire. I always wanted to raise Ameraucanas but I never got around to ordering any before I went away to college. We would let them free-range in the summer, the advantage of being on the farm. They were so beautiful.
    Chickens can be quite tame if you keep up with the continuous contact. I made a pet out of one of my hens because I held her so much.
    Anyway, have fun!

  62. April 30, 2011 7:28 am

    Awww they’re so cute! Congrats

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