So recently… this happened.

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It all started with something called “Chick Day” at our local feed store.  It’s a day that is apparently popular with the folks around here because there were about a hundred people in that store when I walked in!  The line wound around the chilly warehouse.  Chicken-themed music echoed around the place.   A giant dancing chicken (man in a suit) made its way through the crowd, keeping people entertained.  Hot chocolate and coffee were served, and people were let into the “chick room” a few at a time.

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So instead of having chicks perpetually available, they order thousands of fowl on one day and invite the masses to come fight it out amongst themselves.  The smart ones pre-order their chicks.  I learned the hard way that if you wanted more of a certain type of chicken that was sold out you were given the “We have lots of ducklings!” sales pitch.  ;)  But here’s what we ended up with:

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Five lil’ Buff Orpingtons (the gold chicks).

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Five Gold-laced Wyandotte (pronounced “wine-dot”).

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And two banties which were labeled “assorted”.  I am particularly fond of this tiny silver one:

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and this one with the black back and yellow wings.

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I had no idea there were so many different chicken breeds.  The Buff Orpingtons get BIG, and the Wyandottes are totally gorgeous when they feather out.  Both are great egg-layers.  I can’t wait to watch them grow!

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Neither can Ronan the Collie.  :)  He is a very attentive guard.

More to come soon!

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