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Blackberry winter chicks

Pile of chicks

Drowsy chickI can't decide whether our most recent cold spell (one semi-serious frost and a few days of chilly weather) counts as blackberry winter or not.  The dewberries (a groundcover version of blackberries) are blooming along the sunny driveway, but the real blackberries back in our homestead area just have buds.  Not that the semantics really matter, but superstition holds that if this is blackberry winter, then it's our last real cold spell of the spring.

Our chicks popped out of the shell right in the middle of the chilly weather Tuesday, but we now know what to do if Chick camwe have to put damp chicks in a cold brooder, so there was no drama.  I moved the webcam inside so you can enjoy watching the youngsters take their first steps, learning to eat and drink.  Don't worry if you notice chicks keeling over, though --- narcolepsy is quite normal for day old chicks.

Chicks take to our chicken waterer with no training, and the POOP-free waterer keeps diseases at bay and bedding dry.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I Love chicks! They're just so sweet and fluffy:) Poor Kiddo (and Mama) have been quite upset at not being allowed to have "city chickens"! Although if my three year old would have her way, we'd have a cow in our shed too!
Comment by Mama Homesteader Thu Apr 26 23:18:18 2012
Mama Homesteader --- They don't stay cute for very long. I get sick of the fluffball stage at about day two and wish they were spunky young chickens who can forage for their grub. Probably a good thing you hold the line!
Comment by anna Fri Apr 27 13:50:47 2012





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