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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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    House Guests – Season Two

    Last May, I gave my dad Ameraucana chicks for his birthday as an addition to his growing coop back home. Before they were delivered, the chicks spent a few cozy nights as house guests under my careful watch. Let’s be honest…I was an obsessive mother hen. By the time they left, all 5 had names and their own personalities. How could you not fall in love with a cute little puff-ball like this? Those gals are all grown up and producing gorgeous blue “Easter eggs”. When it came time for my parents to place their chick order again this year, they asked me to house sit for 5 more from…

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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!…