21 April 2012
i'm grateful for . . . 'new beginnings don't get newer than new chickety chicks'
I'm the master of surprising my children, whether it's Daddy coming home or a trip to the gelato store, i get them ALL the time. While our children were away on school camp, i was plotting with my pal Emma & her husband Dan (doesn't everyone know a great couple called Emma & Dan??) Policeman Dan was experimenting with hatching his own chicks, while engineer Emma is pregnant with her 4th baby, yay. If they had enough new chicks, i could have a couple. They were successful. Today our chickens are 4 days old & ready for collection. Funniest thing was, my plot of needing a hot water bottle for 'tummy ache' & saying Emma 'wanted to borrow a basket' was so good . . . my children STILL didn't realise we were collecting chickens to take home, until Dan asked which ones we were taking!! Surprise, mother-of-the-year-moment, my reward is simply seeing the happiness & beaming smiles on their faces.
EDIT: i had informed the high schooler about the chickens, she's horrified you might think she wasn't clued in enough to guess, my other 3 children still believe anything i say!!
I'll let the photos speak for themselves, they are Speckled Hamburg Bantams.
While we are keen on eggs, Hamburgs are not the biggest egg layers.
Meet Ma & Pa, happiest chickens in the city!!
On the drive home i explained we'd have a roster (hopefully they are hens not roosters) for handling the chickens, mainly to prevent OVER loving them & 2 chickens between 4 children . . . children were paired up & assigned even or odd hours of the day, Mummy has the final word or you're banned for your next hour. I tell you, works a treat, i need more aces like this up my sleeve for power parenting.
Talk about time wasters - watching them sleep standing up . . .
watching them sleep lying down & tipping over.
My husband will love this - sleeping with a cushion (family joke, our German Shepherds have all preferred to sleep with heads on pillows!!)
Speaking of puppies, he's getting a slow & safe introduction to where that chirping is coming from.