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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The New Birds In Town

  A few weeks ago I mentioned that a baby chick purchase had fallen through. Well, sometimes those disappointments work out for the best as I found some adorable ones that I think will be a better fit for our farm. A local farmer had some Lavender Orpington chicks for sale, and I got her last batch of the year, five straight run chicks. I had asked for eight, but it didn't work out that way. I'm happy with five though, I just hope they aren't all roosters. O.O We'll see...
Day old Lavender Orpington Chick
 Lavender Orpingtons aren't your average run-of-the-mill egg layers. They're very docile and fluffy as a marshmallow. I hope mine look this good in a few months.
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Since I wanted eight chicks I chose three Buff Brahmas that were also the same age to raise with the Lavender Orpingtons.
Lavender Orpington and Buff Brahma Chicks

Here's a short video of the chicks in a brooder in the kitchen near a window. Notice the one on the right looking longingly toward the window like it wants to be outside. Most of them are asleep by the end of the video.

 Here's a look at how the Buff Brahmas should look like by next summer.
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I've done just a bit of crocheting...

a new bathmat for one of the bathrooms.

 A couple of regular visitors.

 The winter storm (It's still autumn. O.O) has arrived here in the South, too. Stay warm, Y'all!

Wishing everyone a Wonderful and Happy Thankgiving!!

36 comments:

  1. those chicks are so SO cute! the adults are beautiful! hope they all grow up for you.

    i like your sweet doves and chickadee, too.

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    1. Thanks TexWisGirl. One of the lavenders was weak yesterday, but it's doing fine today.

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  2. The chickies are just darling :) and I love your crochet bathmat. What a great idea! Hope you enjoy your weekend of family fellowship!

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  3. The chicks are adorable, and the adult birds in the photos are really beautiful. You'll have to post pictures of the one-year-old chicks next year. The bath mat looks way to pretty to use as a bath mat. :)

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  4. Baby anythings are adorable, and these chickies are no exception! I've never heard of Lavender Orpington chickens, but I definitely like their looks.

    I agree with Linda, you're bath mat does look to pretty to be a bath mat.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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  5. What cute little chicks! I love your bathroom mat, too. What a beautiful crocheter you are. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. xo

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  6. Great job on the bath mat, Toni! It would look nice in a comfy cozy B&B. (Your very own, right?) :) I hope you have good success with the chickens! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!

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  7. I have never seen such pretty chickens, and I am definitely a fan. Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Toni.

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  8. Howdy :)
    The little chicks are so cute, We've had buff orpingtons, but I'd not heard of lavender ones. The Buff Brahmas are one of the prettiest to look at, I think :) We had them one year and liked them very much...did well over the winter.
    You are very blessed to have birds so close to your window. I think it is so peaceful to birdwatch. Warm blessings, dear Toni~

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  9. The littel chickens are so lovely and your new bathmat is beautiful!

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  10. Love your PINK bath mat. I am a PINK person so it caught my eye very quickly.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

    Charlotte Moore

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  11. What darling chicks! We used to have chickens and loved them. You'll have to share pics as they grow. A beautiful bath mat-so elegant! Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Toni!

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  12. What darling chicks! We used to have chickens and loved them. You'll have to share pics as they grow. A beautiful bath mat-so elegant! Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Toni!

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  13. What darling chicks! We used to have chickens and loved them. You'll have to share pics as they grow. A beautiful bath mat-so elegant! Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Toni!

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  14. Oh my, those chicks are just too cute! And your bathmat is so beautiful! I would love to learn how to crochet and make something like that....maybe someday :)

    May you have a blessed Thanksgiving :) Many hugs to you!

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  15. Beautiful Crocheting!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. What a bunch of cuties you have on your farm! I am sure not all of them will be roosters (crossing my fingers for you).
    Here the winter has suddenly come too. Last week we had the first snow of the season up in the mountains -- and down here we are getting all the cold wind that comes from up there. Stay warm & enjoy crochet, I say! :-)

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  17. Your chicks are so cute! It is so easy to catch chick fever. :) Your bathmat looks lovely!

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    :)Vicki

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  18. Your chickens are beautiful! I never heard of a lavender Orpington, we had buff Orpingtons when I was growing up. My husband and I are hoping to purchase some chickens in the spring.

    May you have a blessed day!

    -Sarah

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  19. The chicks are adorable!! We buy our eggs from a local chicken farmer but I always enjoy seeing everyone's chickens...farm eggs are the best!!

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  20. So great that you got chicks! Will look forward to seeing them grow on your blog! Beautiful crocheted mat! Love the birds as always!

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  21. Muchas veeces encontramos arte en la sencillez

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  22. I have wondered if you are doing well...you have been on my mind since Monday. I'm praying it is just the slower and quieter time of reflection as we ponder our Lord Jesus. We have a beautiful, sparkly 3 inches of snow here. May His everlasting arms surround and keep you and yours, Toni.

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    1. Thank you, Jacqueline, I've been busy gathering materials and starting a new quilt. I'm participating in Bonnie Hunter's Celtic quiltalong so I've had limited time online the past week or so.

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    2. Dear Toni,
      I'm sending hugs and warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful CHRISTmas! May your weekend and week ahead hold memories to last a lifetime as you celebrate the birth of our Savior and the promise of heaven He has given to us!
      Grace, peace, and joy!
      Love,
      Jacqueline

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  23. Beautiful croqueting. I also love the chickens. They are so pretty. I sure wish I could raise chickens. You do such lovely crafts and are a very talented person.

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  24. I LOVE Lavender Orpingtons. I've been looking into adding them to my spring breeding program- they are spendy though! You are very lucky to have them :) Beautiful little buggers! Thanks so much for sharing,

    Following via the HomeAcre Hop!

    Erin
    http://yellowbirchhobbyfarm.blogspot.com

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  25. Your chicks are so cute. I hope they do well for you. Your crocheted mat is beautiful! You did a wonderful job on that. I hope you are having a good weekend! :)

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  26. I just stumbled upon your blog and love it. I am retired and live in the woods in the ozarks of Missouri
    the little chicks are so sweet-I remember when I was a kid my grandpa always had lots of little chicks in the spring that raised up to be layers.
    Kathy

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  27. Those lavender orpingtons are adorable. I've had buff orps before, but these are much prettier.

    Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.

    Kathi @ http://www.oakhillhomestead.com

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  28. Oh~ you know how much I love chicks... why didn't you call me so I could come and snuggle them? *haha* I REALLY enjoyed the video, too... my absolute favorite thing about raising chicks in the house is hearing those wonderful contented peeping sounds... *sigh. I would love some of those lavender Orphs and the Brahmas... they are so beautiful. You "dun" good! :)

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  29. Such a cute chick that one is... I love the crocheted rug too.. May i know what type of yarn weight and needle you use for that.

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  30. Your little chicks are adorable. We live in an residential area, but you are allowed to have chickens. Our backyard neighbor has a chicken coop near our fences and we enjoy hearing her rooster each morning. He makes his joyful noise unto the Lord each morning and welcomes our new day :)
    I want to thank you for visiting my blog, because it bought be here and now I am your newest follower. Did you like my sawhorse quilting frame? It was cheap and it works great. I would love to invite you to come back and visit again, and I would be honored to have you as a mutual follower. I enjoyed your dandelion root coffee post and your bucket of black walnuts bought back memories. We use to spread them out in the gravel driveway and after a few days of driving over them the hauls would dry up and fall off the shells. Do you do that?
    It is so nice to meet you.
    Your new blogging sister,
    Connie :)

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  31. Your chicks are so cute ! I want to knit scarves for them !

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  32. For those who asked. I used two strands of worsted weight cotton held together as I crocheted for the bathmat.

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  33. Toni,
    I am having fun following you on Pinterest~ I find that it has been a good source of new traffic to my blog, so I get to enjoy it more than I would otherwise choose :) Hope you are well and happy in the Lord and His blessings! Hugs :)

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