an new addition to the family

filed under: I Am Mommy on April 21, 2015

Exciting things are happening on our little homestead!


Not only did we add 100 new chickens to the family…



well, 96. There were 100 Cornish Cross to start of course, but some little guys have succumbed to illness or were just too weak to survive. (I have been told over and over again that this is normal and that I am not to freak out and plan an elaborate burial for each and every sweet wittle baby chick that is no longer with us. But you better believe I am doing it in my head.)

cornish cross chick

Here is one little man being held by Parker, who had just got done building an awesome sand castle so please do ignore those dirty fingernails.

I just love how gentle all of our children are with the chicks and how they care about them so!

olivia and chick

Olivia can’t get enough of those peeps! She will ‘peep’ right back at the little birds and I swear they are having a conversation. Except they are not. But it seems like they are and I kinda believe that they are so who am I to say differently.

cornish cross chickens

They are an awesome group to watch and observe. They way they eat and sleep and play fascinates every time I make the time to just enjoy their company. Which is at least twice a day.

But that is not the most exciting part!

rooster and hens

Our own hens have been laying quite regularly for months now (4-7 eggs a day!) and my husband has been incubating them.

(the eggs, not the hens of course)

incubating eggs

Last night they have their first appearance…

just hatched eggs

and it’s safe to say that we are a chicken family. Hatching chicks!! Is there anything better?

Then entire family (that is seven of us, tall and short) were huddled around this little box trying to catch a peak at our newest family members.

newly hatched chicken

This guy is the first of many I am sure. As of now 10 more of his siblings have made their way into the world. And a new batch will be going into the incubator tonight!

There is something about this whole process and speaks to me. I grew up in the big booming metropolis of Fargo and never once in my questionable and sometimes ridiculous youth did I consider that I would be an almost 40 year old first-time homesteader with a passion for the land and animals.

It’s amazing how life works out.

As for where all these chicks will be living… I cannot wait to show you! Project “Chicken Mansion” is in full effect. (I call it a mansion because it will be big enough to hold 200 chickens, not because of the plush interiors.)

Here is progress so far:

the beginnings of a coop

Foundation has been poured and concrete is setting.

This part was slow going (because it has to be) but in the next couple weeks there will be a building where there was once brush and foliage.

eddie helping

We have excellent help. Well, maybe not excellent. But adorable and cute and the sweetest little ginger you ever saw, yes.

Stay tuned for Chicken Mansion updates. Because who doesn’t love a chicken mansion?

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  • kristin says:

    SO FUN!!! So precious to see. Yes, we had one die in a group of about twenty. It was very weak and I think had been crushed in delivery also. It was so crazy driving home from the POST OFFICE with a box of little chicks! I kept thinking how I had these little creatures in my care now–in that box! Many city ordinances do allow a limited number of chickens, so I would suggest others look into it! Our chicken time was so fun and when they are little it is so cute! (Actually, all sizes!) Incubating would be so fun to watch! Can’t wait to see more–please keep sharing!

  • SO SO SOOO CUTE! This is everything I love about spring. New life and baby animals!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    AAAAHHHH Love this! Can’t wait to hear more about ‘chicken mansion’ lol 🙂 and that pic of olivia, omg, cuteness overload!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Amanda, I LOVE this!!!!! So sweet . . I want baby chickens!!! Can’t wait to see more of Project “Chicken Mansion” !!!! So awesome!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    OMG, how fun!! I’m way jealous of your chicken and egg fun. And I can’t wait to watch the progress of Chicken Mansion. Almost sounds like maybe it should be a new reality tv show?!

  • Anna Marie says:

    I remember with fond memories of those days. We had to have the incubation setup in the back closet because our daughter would not let them hatch outside because “some mean animals” would get them. She is now almost 50 years old but it makes me feel those happy feelings to see your pictures of life renewed. Keep up the good fight and I am looking for your next pictures.

  • Melissa @ Bless this Mess says:

    EEEEE!!! 100 (or 96!) is SO MANY!!!! I have 6 big hens and just got 7 more chicks this spring (3 of which I hatched in a little incubator of our own too). It was such a neat experience and one I’ll be doing more. I can’t wait to see your progress. How fun for your babies too!

  • sassygirl says:

    so sweet! congrats on the whole
    bunch of cute chicks! 🙂

  • angien24 says:

    I love a chicken mansion! I can’t wait to see updates. I’ll be living vicariously through you since our neighborhood doesn’t allow chickens (we’re trying to change that…) I just want 2-3 of them….. for now…. 😉

  • Toni | BoulderLocavore says:

    I would SO love to have chickens however between the coyotes in the Open Space across from us and our HOA, I think I’ll have to live vicariously through yours for now. So exciting!

  • Beverley says:

    how exciting for everyone in the family and it is so hard to see some little chicks not making it. Freak out I would too 🙁 but oh so many free range eggs!!

  • mila furman says:

    Awwww Amanda how sweet!!! Such little cuties!!! Kiss them all from me!

  • Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do says:

    I’m letting our hens brood on 8 eggs right now. First one hatched today! Then I promptly ran out and bought three more chicks and we’re hoping the hens adopt them too. Chicks are stressful! I’m worries that they’ll reject the newbies and I’ll go out in the morning to chickcicles. Here’s to hoping. Love your chick updates!

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