Friday Farm Fotos: A little "Biddy" surprise....

If you've read this blog for any time at all, you know my love for baby chicks borders on insanity.
However, I try to contain myself so I won't become one of those people on that Animal Hoarders show that has 800 chickens running around.
I keep the Silkie population down by gathering the eggs as soon as I can because there is nothing those hens love more than to go broody and hatch babies.

But I think I've been outsmarted.

One day while cleaning weeds out around the coop I heard some familiar peeping noises coming from nest box # 3......


Yep, definitely outsmaah-ted.

Apparently, one of those sneaky little hens had an egg tucked under her so tightly that the egg went unnoticed during my nightly inspection of the nest boxes- even after I stuck my hand under her and felt around.
(Which I'm sure she enjoyed very much...)


Well, you know me- I wouldn't want a baby chick to have to grow up all alone...
*snicker snort*
So, I let a few eggs lay around until someone got in the mood to sit on them.
(which of course took about 5 minutes....)

And a couple of weeks later-

You know what they say- chickens are like potato chips, you can't have just one.
Or twenty.

Happy Friday, everyone!


  1. Nothing like a chick to brighten your days.

    Phyllis was struck with (I think) the nerve strain of Mareks. She and Morticia had been vaccinated but...ya know how that goes. She was fine throughout the day and by nightfall, gone.

  2. LOL, you are so much like someone else I know, my mother, who adores those cute little fur balls. She set a hen in late summer and those lil darlin's are scooting around the yard after their Mama and learning all about scratching and scurrying for food. Did you know that one of those lil ones can scarf down an entire grasshopper in one choke? would not think it was possible for a chick to engulf something as large as itself. Ha!
    Loved this entry girl!

  3. Too cute Paula. I know what you mean. I have the same trouble with finches. I too must remove the eggs. I however, will not get to have an omlette like you though. hehe.

  4. Just when I was feeling down this morning about everything happening in the world, you show us a baby chick! Thank you. Now, I will be in a good, or at least better, mood all day.

  5. So sweet! Smudge says hello to Lily.

  6. That mama hen had one tucked under her wing!! I'm glad you've got some little cute.

  7. Sooo Cute!! If we had a rooster I would be tempted to do the same thing :-) Chickens are such a sweet pet to have.

  8. How can you not love those teeny things. Mom had a couple chicks when she was little. We didn't even know they made chicks back then
    Benny & Lily

  9. Aweeee that is sos precious, yes I love those baby chicks too, love my hens, and they are such a hoot to watch, have a blessed day.

  10. How adorable and what a nice surprise:D Have a great day Paula!

  11. SO precious! I must send this to my sister!

  12. Hi Paula,
    Squeal!!! So cute!
    Blessings to you this weekend.

    Maple Lane

  13. Hahahaaa!!!
    Oh how CUTE!!! I'd love to have chickens here but, can't do.
    Enjoy your weekend dear heart!!

  14. SOOOO cute! i don't blame you a bit. loved the potato chip analogy!

  15. I'd like a surprise with the HOA rules around here..then, chicks, and chickens galore :o)

  16. I've never had the opportunity to be tempted, but I think I could really enjoy those little babies! Cute, cute!

  17. You know, in spite of the fact that I see baby chicks about six flocks each year, 70,000 plus each time, I still think they're sweet; little beady eyes and fluff! These are really cute, being a color I've never seen. Do they get very big when grown?

  18. That is too darned funny! Someone really wanted you to stay out of their family planning plans. lol!

  19. Peep-Peep-Peep cute little chickies !

  20. They are precious!! I love how you wrote the post, very funny and the pictures are perfect with your comments.

  21. So cute, I couldn't resist those. I'm a sucker for chicks too..Susie

  22. Soooo cute! No wonder you can't resist them. We have four half grown chicks left (since the pups accidentally killed one) and one of them is white. We don't have any other white chickens, so this is very interesting for us!

  23. You just never know what to expect with critters:) They are so darn sweet. Hows about a video clip of the youngin's running around?! Great pictures, Paula.

  24. Paula, I must get me some silkies, It doesn't take much to send us chicken farm girls spinning, lol I truly love surprises like this. I got my love for chickens from my grandmother she always had them, and sold eggs to supplement her income.
    I always enjoy your FFF, enjoy your weekend.

  25. Oh goodness, those are super cute. No wonder you love them so. Adorable!!!

  26. How funny and SO TRUE! All of my silkies would sit day in and day out if I would let them.

  27. Something just got all of our hens a few weeks ago - so i cannot wait to get more baby chicks next spring:)

  28. Good morning from the Amish community of Lebanon,pa. Richard from Amish Stories.

  29. nice blog! :-)

    I invite you to me >

  30. Awe, I don't think, I've ever seen a grey baby chick... so adorable!

    I had one egg out of 12 hatch this summer. We have a baby that is a few weeks old now; the name is Tweety.

    Poor lil fella is all alone, I hope when the day comes to place it outside the others will be nice about it.

    Hope, you're staying dry, & safe ... We are gusty and rainy here, but all is well.


  31. Oh Paula, they are adorable!! I love reading about news on the Fraker Farm!
    I finally got my husband talked into letting me have chickens. He is remodeling a old coop for me now. After reading on your blog about your cute fuzzy bottoms, you know I am going to have to find some of them!
    Hugs, Ann

  32. You have been out smarted~ Give those sweet babies a kiss for me.

  33. Too cute! I can see why it's hard to say no :)

  34. What a sweet surprise! Love the new baby chicks. I wanted to start having a few chickens once we moved, but it looks like I will have to wait a bit longer. :-( I'm enjoying watching your efforts with yours!

  35. Id like to invite everyone to my blog Amish Stories today to read a post from old order Mennonite Jean of New York state. Jean has taken-in a foster child named Michael whose parents are no longer able to take care of him. He's English and Jeans family is old order Mennonite (horse and buggy) but that makes no difference in the love that this young man is receiving from this family. Thank you folks and i hope to see some of you drop by the blog. Richard

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