That Delightful Peep ... The Sound of Spring!


| 4/2/2012 5:03:00 PM


Tags: chicks, chickens, hens, fresh eggs, kids on the farm, Mary Murray,

Mary Murray head shotOnce upon a time, I dreamed of owning chickens ... then, last spring, the dream came true! As our girls (Henrietta, Cinnamon, Hermione, Spottie, Hershey, and Alex) get ready to celebrate their first birthday on the farm, I thought I'd share their story.

A visit to our local feed store began with the usual excitement of spring fever. We looked over seed and vegetable packets, reviewed the spring magazines, and thumbed through the newest books. The kids wanted their own gardens to tend this year, so we were all excited about the idea of getting started. That's when it happened ... an unmistakable "peep" was heard from somewhere in the back of the feed store. Off the kids ran, and soon they spied them ... dozens of adorable, fluffy, one-day-old chicks. Immediately we were smitten!

Owning a small flock of chickens had been on my wish list for quite a while, but now the opportunity was really in front of us. What would we need? A coop, run, feeder, waterer, brooder lamp ... my mind was working overtime. And yet, my thoughts were cautious because my husband wasn't with us. This had to be a family decision.

Soon my daughter found the smallest chick in the bunch ... she even gave her a name. It broke my heart, but I had to say no. We needed to talk this over as family .. .bringing them into our lives wasn't something to do lightly. And so the littlest chick rejoined the rest of her flock.

Shortly after leaving the store, we joined my husband and in-laws for dinner, and, of course, the excitement of the day was shared. My husband agreed ...  if the chick had been named, well then, it had to come home with us. Oh the squeals that followed! However, the minimum purchase was six ... and so, after dinner, we found ourselves back at the feed store. The littlest chick, Cinnamon, was still there, and she, along with five others, were gently placed into a box and rode home on my daughter's lap under her and her brother's watchful eyes.

 day old chick 

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mary murray
4/10/2012 12:59:41 AM

Thanks so much for visiting Linda...yes, we saw adorable chicks at the feed store last week and they were hard to pass up! (but then, with 42+/- eggs a week, we have plenty...have to keep that in mind!) I wanted to scoop 'em up and bring 'em home! What I love is not only the fresh eggs, but they're really easy to care for. And we all love they way they come running when we bring goodies or call their names!


mary murray
4/10/2012 12:55:38 AM

I couldn't agree more, Dave. I do hope they remember these days...I keep trying to find simple, old-fashioned ways to show them just how nice a simple life can be. While it may be a lot of work, it's worth the effort. And yes...those fresh eggs are the best, although I do need some new recipes! It's good to know that a wholesome egg dinner is right outside...there's security in that as well -Mary.


nebraska dave
4/10/2012 12:31:13 AM

Mary, in my humble opinion, the best times are not high tech ones. Your children will treasure those memories for the rest of their lives. It's a special time of discovery and bright eyed wonder to gather eggs laid by the chickens that they picked out and lovingly raised. There's nothing tastier than a loved chicken egg. Don't you think? Have a great chicken egg gathering day.


linda dicks
4/9/2012 9:14:11 PM

Chickens are adicting aren't they? We have had 8 for a bit over a year and just got 8 more. We use a portable tractor coop (2 now) and have few bugs and great eggs. My problem is most of mine look alike and it is hard to tell them apart. The first batch will come running to the door when they see me as I bring treats. Enjoyed your blog.





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