I wonder if the reason God makes baby animals so adorably cute is to ensure that we will love and care for them?

Think of a baby kitten’s wide-eyed stare, puppies tumbling over each other in enthusiastic play, baby koala bears holding on to their mums, baby kids flopping their big ears around. Heck, even babies that grow up to be killers are lovable when they’re little—baby bear cubs, coyotes, foxes.

Not snakes though. A small size does not improve a snake’s lovability factor.

Baby chicks, I think, rank among the most adorable of the adorable baby animals. Adorablest? I know because I have six new baby chicks as of this morning—two buff laced Polish, two standard white crested blue and two Easter egg standard. (At least, that’s what I ordered.)

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This adorable Easter egg standard's name is Meredith. Not only will Meredith go nicely with Myrtle, Maude, Madelein and Marilyn, but it is also Ben's girlfriend's name. Live long and prosper, Meredith!

This little cutie is one of the Easter egg standards and will grow up to lay blue/green eggs.

If everyone survives to adulthood, we will then have 12 hens and a big old rooster named T. Boone Chickens. That will double the number of hens T. Boone must service.

My husband keeps shaking his head and asking, “What are we going to do with a dozen eggs a day?”

Frankly, I don’t give a damn. I just like my chickens. The eggs dishes are a bonus—quiche, pound cake, omelets, souffle, frittatas, egg salad, deviled eggs, creme brulee, chocolate ice cream, cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chip cherry ice cream…

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14 Comments

  • Donalyn says:

    I miss my chickens, but it is too hard to find someone to care for them properly when we travel. So, alas, no cluckers for us for awhile. I will have to live vicariously through you I guess 🙂

  • Kate says:

    I like chickens too and this one is adorable,Robin.
    I had a friend once who also collected about a dozen or more eggs per day. She actually started a very small business with the neighbors. She sold her eggs and would put a dozen in their mailboxes. She only had about 3 or 4 neighbors, so once a week they’d each get a fresh delivery of a dozen eggs.

    Oh, good idea, Kate. I wonder if I have any neighbors that would have something to trade? I wouldn’t mind some fruit, such as apples or pears.

    Robin

  • MA says:

    pretty darn cute and fluffy. Take the “too many” eggs to spin class and share them. Keep the chickens.

    MA, you have me all figured out, don’t you?!? As a matter of fact, I’m taking eggs to Pilates class today!

    Robin

  • Gail says:

    Absolutely adorable! I am sure T Boone will not complain…gail

  • Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Do you have a food panty that could use your extra eggs??

    This little chick is adorable. I can see why you would want a flock of different types of chickens.

    Surely there must be a food pantry around here. There’s also a homeless shelter. Will investigate!

    Robin

  • Jean says:

    I’m with you – baby snakes are not cute. But all the others are! Love your little chick and good luck with all the eggs.

  • OK, it’s awesome cute. Funny: that facial expression makes it look a bit like a raptor. @ a dozen eggs a day, I think I’d find a growers’ market and see whether I could unload the eggs in exchange for a few bucks and some pleasant banter… assuming backyard eggs aren’t regulated out of growers’ markets.

  • I believe in that theory, and I think it even applies to human babies. But I have to disagree with you about the snakes. I think they’re very cute.

  • MNGarden says:

    Aww! I love all animals and birds and really only have the wild ones that are about. I should live at the zoo.
    Donna

  • Randi S says:

    So unbelievably cute! And I love the M theme on the names — well done!

  • WHAT a cute chick! (And a great photo!) 🙂 It’s a great idea to donate eggs to a food pantry. Would you be inspired to sell at the Farmer’s Market? Love the names of your chicks.

  • Tina says:

    inviting you over to my 500th post give away
    http://gardengoose.blogspot.com/2009/07/500th-post-giveaway-75-worth-of-awesome.html
    ~Tina

    p.s. cute chickee

  • feralchick says:

    Love that perfect little egg tooth!

  • sharon says:

    Homemade pasta with your own eggs! She’s a lovely auburn.

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