Tuesday, April 5, 2011

We've got babies!!!

As I mentioned previously, our Silkie, Aretha, has been sitting.  We weren't due until tomorrow but two adorable little peeps decided to grace us with their presence a day early.  As you can imagine, there is much excitement in the air, tempered by a little reality.  We are only going to name them if they are girls.  So we are giving them girl names and hoping for the best!  If they turn out to be a boy, they will be "chicken".  With 3 roosters already strutting their stuff in our chicken/goat/duck yard, we can't afford to keep anymore.  So we have decided that the boys will be dinner.  I'm not sure yet if they will be our dinner but for sure we won't be the ones preparing them for dinner!  I know the old farmer's creed is "if you raise it to eat it, you should be man enough to kill it" but it is gonna have to suffice that I fed it, loved it, gave it a really good life and let somebody else take that life away in the most humane way possible.  Anyways, we are letting the babies stay with Aretha as opposed to last time when we had to take them away immediately from our Black Stars that were sitting.  They have no idea how to mother and the babies that got left with them were dead by the next day.  The ones we took and put in a little box all survived (until the oppossum got them :(   However, I have been doing a lot of reading and Silkies are supposed to be the best moms and so far, that seems to be the case.  Here's a picture of one of the new babies, I think this one is Daisy (or "chicken").

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