First Baby Steps Outdoors….

Double S Farms.

It is hard to believe that just two weeks ago, we were first introduced to the newest residents of Double S Farms.  

Newest residents, Two Days Old

Newest residents, Two Days Old

 Two weeks is actually a lot of time to a small chick.  Look at how quickly they have grown….

Newest residents

From left to right, meet Flo, Ramona, Effie and Lucy.

They made their first foray into the great outdoors for two hours.  I don’t know who was more excited…the chicks or my sister, Chicken Farmer.

Their feathers are rapidly forming, especially on their wings.  They still spend the majority of their time indoors as they are too young to be outside other then a couple of hours.

Double S Farms.

They are already trying to fly and one has even managed to escape the brooder and so now the lid will now stay closed.  

Doesn’t that remind you of how exciting it is to see a little toddler take their first steps….until they start getting into things due to their new mobility.  I can definitely see similarities with raising chicks.

Before we leave, please take one last look as the chicks are proudly showing off their newly grown tail feathers for the camera.

Double S Farms.

 Don’t worry…this is not the last we will see of Flo, Lucy, Effie and Ramona.  We will visit again soon…

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
27 replies
  1. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    omg, Noelle ~ they are SO cute! Baby chicks are just adorable. Of course that comes from someone who always thought she wanted some! Double S Farm will be the perfect home for them too. Can't wait to watch them grow up.

  2. Edith Hope
    Edith Hope says:

    Dear Noelle, These little chicks are, of course, simply adorable. Sadly they grow into adults so very quickly.

    On one occasion, years ago, I actually witnessed a chick cracking open and emerging from an egg. I am sure that you have seen this but it was, for me, a wondrous moment and one that I have not forgotten.

  3. fairegarden
    fairegarden says:

    Oh I love baby chicks, and teenage ones too. My daughter, Chickenpoet raises chickens and we just love looking at the different feather combinations, they are all so beautiful. Yours are quite extraordinary, or your sister's I mean. I think you are pretty proud of them as well you should be! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Frances

  4. kate smudges
    kate smudges says:

    It is amazing how quickly the chicks grow. I love the variations in their colouring. They look as if they enjoy having their pictures taken. What fun it will be to watch them as they grow.

  5. Julie
    Julie says:

    I found your blog today while googling "pruning olive trees", and I completely understand your dismay about shaped prunings. I am a recent transplant into California, and am just amazed at the shapes people put their trees and bushes into. I also really appreciate how you take pictures of these plantings and then quickly drive away! (I have a post that says about the exact same thing!)

    With your permission, I would like to link up to your blog to show my own blog readers that I am not alone in my shock and awe over these prunings!

  6. Martha Z
    Martha Z says:

    They are cute.

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  7. Amy
    Amy says:

    They do change fast! I am reminded of the time when I taught first grade and I had a large box FULL of chicks in my car (after we incubated them in class) and I was returning them to 4H. They are kind of loud. They are fun to watch. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoyed your post.

  8. Carol
    Carol says:

    How precious!! Wonderful portraits Noelle! What sweet little creatures… and in time they will lay yummy eggs! Chicken poop is good for the plants and trees too. I look forward to seeing them grow. It is great how you put this all together! ;>)

  9. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    They look so healthy, yes they grow so fast. We also have some native chicken in the province. We have a special native delicacy for chicken stew, and most of us are excited for that time when they are big enough to be stewed. However, when the 2 kids already gave names to the chicks, they cannot be made into stews anymore! So after 2 -3 generations my mother learned, and she gave her share of chicks her names also. With that we can have my mother's chicken for stews, and leave the children's. hehe.

  10. Rosie
    Rosie says:

    Oh Noelle they are so cute with their little tails. I nearly missed this post as I've been away quite a bit from the computer and now trying to catch up on everyones blog entries. I love their names too.

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