Chicks 2.0

baby chicks

A major snafu with our dog and chicks this weekend resulted in a funeral for two and some crying children. I won’t go into the feather flying details, but let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. My sweet, lovable labradoodle, Penny, who is so damn subservient and such a lady is a freaking hunter like no other.


I told you she killed a goldfish in our fountain, didn’t I?  My husband called me at a birthday party I was at with my girls and delivered the news. I gave into a moment of desperation and chose to forgo the mommy teaching moment.

baby chicks

Loading my sobbing girls into the car, still with cupcake frosting on their lips as they cried, we went directly to Island Seed and Feed for new chicks. Admittedly, not my finest parenting work, but I think I was just as traumatized as my kids.

It’s just lucky we didn’t end up with a baby turkey, too. Do you know how cute and friendly they are? The good thing about this “substitution team” is that we are more confident they are hens. My daughter’s class had raised the other chicks in incubators and we were pretty sure at least one of the two, if not both, were roosters.

baby chicks

Since then, I’ve come to find out that if you buy baby chicks at a farm that sells them from a hatchery, the chicks have been sexed. This isn’t a 100% fail proof process; so don’t leave any roosters at my front door. Basically, some person on an assembly line of chickens takes a “look-see” and they separate the hens and the roosters. If you’ve ever tried to inspect a chick you know this must take some talent.


We are still sad over here, but through this process we have a much-improved appreciation for nature and animal instinct. We are creating a safer home for our new girls by modifying our coop and making it more Penny-proof. I’ll keep you posted about the progress and results. And to add to the to do list, I’m training the dog with a new citronella collar. Needless to say, this wasn’t part of my chicken coop fantasies.


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8 thoughts on “Chicks 2.0”

Poor Penny. It was just the bird dog in her.

We have a doxidoodle named Penny that we rescued 1 1/2 months ago. Love the hypoallergenic hair of the poodle part!

I just got chickens myself. And have not let my Bella (French Bulldog) near them yet. Till they get older. I was wondering how they would get along!
Thank you… Ill keep them seperate from each other…

i too tried chickens when i moved to my farm, Unfortunately, i learned they should be caged, or heartbreak. roosters are so obnoxious, start crowing at 4 AM!! And just when we got attached to a hen and named it, it would get eaten by a fox. Also, they eat all veggies and dig up the ground. So, the upshot is, eggs are cheap!!

I feel your pain, when we started chickens last year we had sickness take them which was horrible when only one out of the eight day old chicks we purchased survived to today. We luckily have not had any casualties to the pets in our family but it was a good thing I got some older “teenage” hens to fill our coop. P.S.-I just found your blog via Pinterest and I am already hooked after just a couple posts! Great Job.

Thank you!!! I’m sorry about your little chick-a-dee’s — I never thought I would be so attached to our hens! Curious about how many eggs your girls produce.

We have eight hens: four Americaunas green eggs and four Wyandottes (Gold-Laced, Silver-Laced, and Columbia) brown eggs. They are all a year old now and we get on average 3-4 eggs a day which is more than enough for a family of four. We have had to gift out a few dozen here and there to keep from having way too many. They are very expensive when you consider the cost of upkeep but there is something so rewarding about gathering your own eggs.

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