My Peeps

“Say hello to your sisters, Sam.”

My 60-plus-pound standard poodle placed his front paws gently on the brooder edge to peer in. Sam doesn’t like it when I baby-talk to the chicks. I guess he’s jealous. And intrigued.

They came USPS just over a week ago. The phone rang at 6:30 AM to announce their arrival. I felt like packing an overnight bag like I did when my kids were born. At that time, I came home with one new member of our family–when my peeps arrived, there were 75.

We were prepared. Tom built an 8′ by 4′ brooder with a center divider. He put in a sliding chick door.

“When they get older, they can go from one part to the other,” he said as a smile spread across his face. I think the door took the place of a mini swing-set.

I prepared, too. Kind of like a manger, I placed pine shavings on the floor and added water jugs made just for chickens. I filled up two bright red feeders with 24 little holes. When I purchased them at our local farm store I was unsure.

“How can they get their heads in for food?” I asked the clerk.

He looked surprised. “You’ll see them put their whole bodies in there.”

So on the day they arrived, we opened the box with four divisions. The cutest little birds I’d ever seen were placed gently into their new home.

For me, it was love at first peep. For Tom, too.

Often, I see him standing on the back porch gawking at the chicks. Just like the man said, they climb right into the feeder. Some perch on top of the feeder, stretching their necks and staring up at us.

When we sold everything and moved to Mayberry, I really didn’t know what to expect. But I knew I wanted chickens.

And a few months from now, my happy chicks should be laying eggs. by then, they won’t be as cute, but they’ll still be our little ladies.

And Sam’s little sisters.

2 Comments on "My Peeps"

  1. Claudia says:

    Was just at my dads and they have over 20 Chickens. Some really cool ones. And 2 hens. They are beautiful. Hers are free range – meaning they have the entire back yard. They followed me around like little puppies.

    Have fun.

  2. phylton says:

    I’m hoping my “little ladies” follow me around, too! Ours will be free range. Hopefully, they will eat bugs, and fertilize our fields.

    Thanks for the comment!

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