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    Baby Chick Sitter

    Yesterday afternoon, 12 baby chicks arrived in a cardboard box in our kitchen. They’re en route from Eggplant Urban Farm Supply in St. Paul to my parents’ chicken coop in Wisconsin. With a two night stop over at our place. We’re baby chick sitters. Today I have the day off to keep an eye on water and the heat lamp. I’m also supposed to be working on laundry, homework and cleaning the house for a Cinco de Mayo get together tonight. None of that is happening with the tiny ‘chirp-chirps’ coming from that box. Every time I turn around I’ve wandered back over to see what they’re up to. How…

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    Update on the House Guests

    Remember these friends who came to stay with us last May? Got an update on how they are doing recently: The 5 Ameraucana chicks I purchased for my dad’s flock last spring are now full-grown gals producing their signature light blue eggs. I brought a dozen home after Thanksgiving, but can’t bring myself use them. They are so pretty in the carton. Not your average egg! Do you have a preference for egg color? Like the standard white? Have a love of brown or baby blue?  

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    House Guests

    Sad to say, but the house guests have gone home. Since last Thursday, five baby Ameraucana chicks have been snuggling in a box on the kitchen floor, awaiting their trip to my dad’s flock in Wisconsin. Despite warnings to avoid attachment and excessive tending, I gave them all names and spent the better part of the weekend monitoring their every peep. How could you not want to hold a little fuzz ball like this? And with a name like Audrey the II, Petunia, Agnes, Bernice, or Mary Margaret it’s hard not to want a whole coop full of hens. After the chicks were safely buckled in and drove away, the…

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    Proud Parents Announce Their New Arrival

    Just returning from a weekend in Wisconsin for a wedding and to celebrate my parents’ new arrival. They are the proud caregivers of 51 baby chicks, specially delivered at 7:30 Friday morning to the local feed store. Happily chirping all the way home, these little fuzz balls are irresistibly cute. This Thursday I will have the chance to chicken-sit for 5 Ameraucana/Easter Egger chicks from Eggplant Urban Farm Supply in St. Paul. They will be added to my dad’s flock for a total of 56 new additions! I’ll be sure to post some photos of my “charges”, their living quarters, and some info on raising urban chickens when they arrive!…