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In last week’s post, I was building the mighty chicken ark. The ark is now all painted and ready to go.

Thanks to our friends Larry and Kaycee for helping out with the first coat of paint.

You can paint a chicken ark pretty quick when there are four brushes moving at once.

The ark would go unnoticed if it were located in the Middle East. The exterior paint we had on hand was the perfect match for desert camouflage. I plan to remedy that by painting U.S.S. Chicken Ark in big dark letters down the side.

The chicks arrived on Wednesday.

Did you know chicks are shipped in the mail by the post office? Only the post office ships live animals. The chicks hatched on Monday, were put into a cardboard box, and we received them Wednesday. They can live without food and water for up to three days. Something about having nutrition from the eggs before they hatch. Who knew?

Thanks post office!

Katie bought a little walled-kit to keep them contained in the garage. Then after about one day she decided it would be more fun to move them inside. It’s very calming just to sit and watch them walk around, collapse instantaneously, and fall asleep. Besides they are cute.

To keep the wood shavings contained we bought a $10 blow up pool at WalMart. The pool is located in the middle of the living room, giving us endless hours of free entertainment. Brilliant! We considered a chick-cam but decided it wasn’t worth it.

I witnessed the pecking order first hand. On day two one of the chicks walked by another and started pecking it in the head. ‘Hey, I’m the boss around here.’

Sadly the fuzz is starting to fall out and be replaced by feathers. We’re quickly moving from cute…to kind-of-cute…to eventually – just a chicken.

But in about six months we should have some fresh eggs. Bon-Appetit!

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