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Our new buffs are big enough now we transferred them to their permanent residence today. Soon we’ll be letting them out to free range. They grow up so fast!

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Just got a new batch of buff orpington chicks. From our 16 blues we only got 4 hens. We have two more year old hens for a total flock of 6, which is just not enough to allow a rooster. You need around 10 – 12 hens per rooster or else they wind up looking like poor Baldie – distinctly over-loved. So we found a batch of 10 buff orpington chicks and are hoping to do better on the genetic lottery this time around.

Here’s some pics of our new little fluff-balls. They’re about a week old, and very active and curious.

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There WAS a bug in that corner.

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We had a blizzard here a couple days ago.  Man were the chickens confused!  They refused to come outside their coop until the snow melted.  Hopefully by the fall time they’ll get over it, or else it’s going to be a long, boring winter….

Anyways, here are a couple pics.  10 weeks old already!  They’re such a delight, I hardly notice the time go by.  So different from the Cornish – by week 7 I was so ready to be done with them.

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It took them a few days in their new accommodation before they wanted to go outside, but they eventually got the hang of it.  They also tuck themselves in at night just after sunset, which is hugely convenient.  The first few days of chicken wrangling were pretty hilarious, but it would have gotten old very quickly.

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Almost entirely feathered out, and all 16 still with us! We’ll be moving them outside this weekend.

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