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Today I have chickens. They are 10 pounds of adorable in two tiny, weightless packages.

It is hard to get a good picture because either they're under the heat lamp, where the light is red, or they're moving too fast.

Norska, the one in the back there, is a silver-laced Wyandotte, which means she will look like this when she grows up. Teckla, in the front, is a black Australorp, and will look like this.

They've both found the food and water and demonstrated that they know what each is for. They are louder than I expected; they're keeping up a fairly constant twittering, which is rather pretty, interspersed with occasional louder peeps. The louder peeps sound like they want something, but as far as I can tell they either mean nothing or "We're lonely," because they stop when I go in to check on them.

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Re: Ah, chicken zen...

They are for eggs and pets. The amount of petness will depend to some extent on how tame and friendly they turn out, but I expect I'll get pretty fond of them.

sturdier than they look and can terrorize a 90 pound dog

Excellent. I am a bit concerned about the dog, although he's learned to ignore the rat cage fairly thoroughly, so I am not too concerned.

Especially the feet! Just like this Allosaurus! Only, you know, smaller.


They are adorable and tiny and round! Like hedgehogs, but less plastic-y looking! :) May they bring you joy and no neighbor complaints.

Like hedgehogs, but less plastic-y looking!

I am terribly amused by this comparison.

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