Mike and I have talked about getting chickens for a while and last Wednesday we decided to go look at baby chicks tojust see what was available near us and to find out a little more about them. Yeah, right. We both knew it was pretty likely that we would come home with some birds. Our first stop was Pistils, where they only had bantam chicks but we stuck around for a while because Sesame was thrilled by all the “bebe bock-bocks” and we got to see a brand new little baby hatch! I’m mad that I didn’t have my camera with me because it was so cool to see the little chick peck it’s way out of the shell. We left when Sesame molested the shop’s dog and got bit on the face. She only got bruised but it was still traumatic for everyone.
We got these 3 little girls (hopefully! we are only 90% sure) at Livingscape Nursery. They had so many different kinds of chicks and the employee was super nice and helpful. If you’re in Portland, I totally recommend going there.
This is Buffy, a Buff Orpington. Yes, I do realize that her name is a little obvious. Mike started calling her that early on and I never meant for it to actually be her name. By the time we started thinking of “real” names we discovered that Buffy had stuck and nothing else really worked. This is what she’ll look like when she grows up.
This is Wynona, a Silver-laced Wyandotte. When Buffy had an obvious name, I decided that this little girl may as well too. So far she’s the spunkiest and I think she’ll be the boss as they get bigger. (I have a slight fear of birds with their sharp beaks and claws and their flappy wings. I’m being brave with these cute chickies but to be honest, I’m a little scared of Wynona. Yes, I know how wussie that sounds.) She’s going to be so pretty when she’s older!
Last but not least is little Oolong. A note about her name: I really like theme names and originally wanted our hens to have names that all related to each other. We tossed around pop stars, tv characters, Buffy the Vampire slayer characters (Mike’s favorite) among other ideas and then decided to name them after teas because it’s a little strange and there are lots of cool names to choose from. They were going to be Chamomile, Gen-Maicha and Oolong but that’s when we discovered that Buffy had to stay Buffy so it all fell apart. Oolong still worked though. She’s a nice little chick and may just be my favorite. She’s an Australorp, though there’s a slight chance she’s a Jersey Giant.
On a totally unrelated note, check out this cool moss! We have tons of moss growing on our patio and before we clean it all off, Mike and I are using some to make a moss terrarium. I love the different colors and textures. More pics when it’s done.