Monday, March 18, 2013

on a weekend







A brief break from the restless wind allowed us to bring the baby chicks outside for some fresh air and sunshine. In and out of the basket they were gently lifted; And tapped on their fluffy bums, encouraging them to make their way off the blanket and onto the grass; Onto her lap when they ventured close - and then right off again - each getting her equal attention. This is how she communicated with them - lovingly and silently (save for the giggles). Equal parts playfulness and motherly business, instinctively and without my interference.

23 comments:

  1. OMG! Too cute. I need some chicken help! We just got 3 little chickies. They are now a week old and living in a tub in the basement under the heat lamp. How old are your birds here? Is it important that I let them out like that when they are older? I"m just impressed they made it though the first night in our house with 2 cats and 2 dogs.

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    1. Hi Jen,

      So happy to hear you got some chickens! Ours are 2 weeks old. I'm not sure it's totally necessary to bring them out, but I like to socialize them a bit and expose them in small doses to how their natural life will actually be. Plus, they start getting quite rambunctious around this time - testing their wings and such - and handling them often is part of the fun of raising them from babies!

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  2. So sweet, Jamie. I want to believe that there are minor differences between boys and girls. I want to believe it's all about what you expose them to and teach them...but it's just not true! Our chick and toddler interactions have to be much more supervised! Perhaps we'll have more mellow chick play with the next one.. :)

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    1. That does seem true on some basic level, doesn't it? I'm curious to see how our boy will interact with them when he's two. I can only speak from my experience, and I haven't actually intentionally nurtured my little girl to act motherly (although I'm sure she picks up a lot from just being with me all the time), but she does have a very strong maternal instinct. Did you ever read about that study where they exposed girls only to (stereotypical) boys' toys and vice versa? After a short time, the girls were cuddling the trucks in blankets and calling them babies, and the boys were smashing and bashing the dolls....

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    2. I'd never heard of that study but I believe it! And it kind of cracks me up. :) My husband and I had some discussions before my son was born about being gender neutral with the way we raised our son - I didn't want to freak out if he picked out something pink and encourage blue instead, or a baby doll versus a truck, etc. But he has needed NO encouragement in being ALL MAN. He grunts. He bashes things. He throws balls around. He scratches like a man. And he's only 15 months! He likes tools and motorcycles and planes. Funny and interesting to watch.

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  3. Awww...such a good Mama! Absolutely perfect!

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  4. Just absolutely gorgeous Jamie! Those chicks are so cute and sweet but not as lovely as that little cherub of yours...love the dress!
    What a wonderful experience for her to explore xx

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  5. Such precious pictures! Trull beautiful!

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  6. Oh my... such precious photos (the last one is my favourite). One of our sons (now 20!) hugged a chick a little too hard (if you know what I mean). He was 2 at the time and was smitten with our first chicks. He has snuck into the enclosure while my back was turned for a SECOND and came out exclaiming that one of the chicks was "sleeping". I knew exactly what had happened because he had spent the previous few days hugging all the chicks a little too tightly (under VERY close supervision so we could teach him to be gentle). Poor little chick - it broke my heart.

    Love the dress, too :)

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    1. Oh dear I'm such a sap but your little story about your son and the "sleeping" chick brought tears to my eyes. Poor baby chick. :( My sister nearly did the same thing to a puppy when she was little and we were breeding our brittany spaniel.

      I love the dress and hat too! Jaime - I don't suppose you made that hat/have a pattern for it?? It's SO sweet!

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    2. I did make the hat! Details with a link to the pattern is in this post:

      http://www.ngofamilyfarm.com/2013/01/i-missed-my-christmas-sweater.html

      (Wish I could say I made the dress, too, but that was a thrift store find!)

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  7. Could these pictures be any more cute. The chicks are already adorable as is, but that little one and the outfit. Love it!

    xox Lilly

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  8. That is so sweet! Beautiful pictures, too.

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  9. What a beautiful post. Thank you.

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  10. oh my goodness I am so in love with this series of photos!

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  11. So so sweet! I love the pictures and how sweet
    and gentle your little girl is with the chicks...
    just so precious!
    Corinne

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  12. What a sweet series of pictures! I really love those last two, you can see her gentleness in handling the little chicks. :)

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  13. She is a natural! What lovely photographs!

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  14. How fun...thank you for sharing!

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  15. I've thought it often when reading your blog: what a wonderful way to raise a child! I aspire to do the same when we have a little one.

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  16. I really admire the hands-on way your little one is raised. And she is so gosh darn cute!!! And that bonnet again!

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