Wow, it has been a really long time since I updated my blog. I get so busy with this and that, that it just seems to get pushed to the side.
In July, I won an auction for some very rare chicks. Swedish Flower Hens from Greenfire Farms. It was one of those moments, late at night, when I couldn't sleep. I was picking around on Facebook and noticed someone had posted about something they were selling on a rare breed poultry auction site. I thought, "RARE BREED POULTRY AUCTION SITE... HOW DID I NOT KNOW THAT EXISTED?????" So, I followed the link, picked around a bit, and sorted the auctions by price. I found this auction for Swedish Flower Hens that was due to complete in just a few minutes and had no bids. It also had no minimum bid.. so I had to bid. I just had to. I assumed other people were watching the auction and would bid at the last minute. They didn't. I won. The next thing was to figure out how to tell my husband that I had 10 chicks coming in a few days. I don't remember how I told him, but he accepted the news with grace.
I had never had chicks shipped before, so I was a little nervous about that. I received a call from the post office about 8 AM one morning, telling me they had my chicks. I jump in the car and went to pick them up. There were 13 in the box. All safe and healthy and chirping away.
So, over the next several weeks, I gave a few away to my daughter-in-law (starting her on the chicken journey as well) and began the process of determining which ones I would keep and which ones I would sell/re-home.
In the end, I kept 4 girls and one boy. I kept a variety. Two girls with crests, two without. Two red, one black, one copper. Two with yellow legs; two with white legs. And one calico cockerel.
We are now almost to the point of lay. The cockerel has begun trying to mate. He is a real talker, so hoping my neighbors will love him as much as I do... because he is gorgeous!
Below are some photos from the Swedish Flower Hen journey...
|Cirque du Chick|
|Happy 4th of July|
Proud to be an American, Where a Chick can Roam Free!
|My beautiful blue-eyed cockerel named Sage.|
This is the roo I decided to keep.
|Not at all hard to see how they got their name Blommehöns.|
This is Bloomer, and he looks like a flower about to bloom!
|Mabel (Maybelline, as I call her)|
because of all that great eyeliner!
|This was Olivia,|
until Olivia turned into Oliver.
|Downward Chick (yoga pose)|
|Move to the outside coop|
|Bedtime in the new coop|
"Are you talkin' to me?" "Say what?"
|My handsome boy, Sage... 3 1/2 months old, looking so grown up.|