It's official.... the first chicks of the year have arrived. I stopped in at the farm supply store yesterday for a few things, and would you just look who followed me home! In this photo are 6 chicks: four bantam cochin, and 2 Golden Comets (Golden Sexlink) pullets. I brought the bantam babies home because, well, I just cannot resist a bantam cochin baby. They may well be my favorite breed, which makes it near impossible for me when I see their wee little feathered feet! That little one on the right is quite the eater, wouldn't you say!? And the Golden Comets came home with me because they are GREAT egg layers, and very sweet hens. You really can't go wrong with a Golden Comet.
So while there are only 6 babies in the photo, I actually brought home 7 chicks. The 7th chick was just outside the frame of the photo. I noticed while I was at the store that there was a little red chick that wasn't doing so well. She never got up to eat, had no fight in her when I picked her up, and didn't move away from the others if they walked over the top of her. So I brought her home too, knowing that she wouldn't survive the day if left at the store. In fact, I didn't even think she'd survive the day even at the farm. But at least if she did pass away I could enjoy knowing that she lived a portion of her life on a farm, and didn't die unloved and have her lifeless body tossed into a dumpster. She actually did end up passing about two hours after I got home. But she died a farm chick, and I'm good with that!
The little cheep cheep cheep of baby chicks is hard not to love. Spring has sprung!