Yes, a blissful event has occurred at the Cottage by the Mountains.
New babies! Four of them!
No, the Damsel hasn’t added to her stash of sprogs, although she DOES have two grandsprogs on the way. (Pardon while the Damsel recovers from getting completely sidetracked for a moment about that happy thought.)
On the contrary, these are baby chickens. The Damsel has joined the growing number of people who raise backyard chickens and the whole family is a-cluck about it.
Goodness! They’re so cute and chirpy.
The Old School will be receiving regular updates on this quintessentially old school practice of raising chickens. All that has been required after one whole day, is:
- find a large laundry tub and put in a layer of wood shavings–the same kind used for hamsters, etc.
- fill two feeders, one with water, one with baby chicken feed
- install a heat lamp to keep the temperature in the tub at about 80 degrees (the nice lady at the chicken baby store told us you start them at 90 degrees, then decrease by 5 degrees each week. These babies are 2 weeks old)
- insert the chicks. **snicker
- Watch them, pet them, and listen to them peep.
So far so good.