Saturday, January 08, 2011

The baby chicks are here.

I promise not to bore everyone rigid with millions of photographs of tiny chicks, but all five of Millicent's eggs hatched. One of the three under Buttercup has hatched (so far)and by tomorrow perhaps the last 2 will have hatched. Here's hoping, but if they haven't  it's still an incredibly good hatch rate.
There are four araucanas, 1 light sussex and one throwback silver laced wyandotte which Charlotte told me is most likely a boy as the other times this has happened they've been male so Emily will have to be Emile!
They've all eaten and had a drink of water and all seem healthy.





The most I managed to get in one photo was three, but there are five in this house. Two of the wee araucanas were hiding under mum. They kept peeping out then disappearing really quickly.

After just gazing at baby chicks for ages I went to play with the ducks. We've got a stream and in this heat they spend a lot of the day in it, but we have a new thing we do in the evening. It's called "hose the duck"
They come up every evening for this! I hold the hose up in the air and they stand under it for a few minutes having a lovely shower, some of them wash themselves, some have a wee drink and some just stand completely still. It's really funny!

We had a lovely day today. It was Lloyd's mum/Penny's birthday, so in the morning we went to the Kaikohe A&P show which was really good. By pure coincidence we got to see one of our alpacas - Popcorn, as he was there with his mum, for the day! After the show we went to Mangonui for Fish and Chips. Yum!

18 comments:

  1. Oh the baby chicks are just gorgeous, but I am loving the duck shower! Aren't they sweet all standing there for their sprinkle, how lovely.

    Oh your blog makes me want to move across the water!

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  2. Oh Laura, you can take as many pics and share them..I just love baby chicks...and baby bunnies,they are my favourites..so so so fluffy and soft.
    How lucky to have hatched all of these so far, ...
    We have lost two girls in three weeks here, we only have one left...so it may be some baby chicks for us soon too.....x

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  3. Good morning Laura ~ I love your little chicks and won't tire of seeing pictures of them. The picture of your ducks under the hose shower is really cute.

    Have a GREAT day ~ FlowerLady

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  4. awww... the chicks are so cute!! what great entertainment with the ducks. I bet that is fun to do, and watch!! have a good week!

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  5. Great post. You will never bore me with chick pictures. They are adorable. The ducks are too cute with with hose shower.

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  6. Adorable babies. Did you make it to the Kaikohe show this weekend? Lots of absolutely gorgeous chooks to be seen.

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  7. Millicent and Buttercup are great Mums. They've done a wonderful job. There can never be too many pics of baby chics - or showering ducks for that matter.

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  8. Love the baby chicks and the ducks. We have lots of birds in our garden and I love watching them have a shower under the sprinkler when I put it on. A wonderful way to waste time.

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  9. They are so cute!!!

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  10. Such beautiful pictures Laura. And the ducks....I love the "hose the duck" game!
    Staci

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  11. There's nothing like brand new chicks! I can't wait to meet them, and you, and see your place!
    Cheers,
    Liz

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  12. Loving the ducks having a shower!

    Congrats on all the new arrivals :)


    (Mmmm fish and chips from Mangonui are gorgeous)

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  13. I never get tired of baby chick photos and these are absolutely adorable. The duck photo is wonderful-what a great shot. I do that for my duckies in the summer here. Fish and chips are one of my faves--hope it was great!

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  14. we did go to the Kaikohe show - never miss it :) Spent yonks in the rare breeds shed. It's my favourite bit. Were you there? xx

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  15. Awwwww, i'm soooooo broody for chicks!! I'll have to make do with copious amounts of your photo's for a wee while longer Laura! I'm also trying to convince K on ducks too!!! Duck eggs would be lovely but not sure what sort to get and the need to work out about a pond! :-)

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  16. That duck shower pic is tremendous. I especially loved the fact that they come up every night for the experience. Thanks for sharing it.

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  17. I know I'm pretty late in commenting but I couldn't help it.. how could someone possibly get sick of looking at baby chick pictures?! I know I can't!! I'm always looking forward to more :D

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