Totally Chicken.

by Mindy Lockard on March 31, 2010

Underneath the pearls, skirts and heels, there is a crunchy Northwest girl who grew up playing in orchards, eating berries off of the bush and packing her mother’s homemade grape fruit leather in her lunch box.  Take it from that girl, playing in an orchard and eating fresh berries is so much fun, while trying to trade out the  fruit leather in your grade school lunch box… not so fun.

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I’m all about healthy organic living and making the food that graces our table beautiful.  I’m not really an animal person.  Until recently.  Chickens, I can’t get them out of my mind.  Especially when I had visions of Elle and Maggie’s Easter baskets with cute fluffy chicks and gathering their natural fresh eggs six months later.  You can ask my husband, my seemingly simple visions aren’t always simple.  Like the time he had to reseed our grass for Elle’s simple first birthday “garden party” celebration.  But let’s not dwell in the past and get back to the vision at hand. One that will eventually bring us these…

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Today, Ty and I made my little vision a reality. I’d love to say that Ty and I are at home in our local Farm and Ranch store — I’m pretty sure we weren’t fooling anyone.  Perhaps it was the multiple calls to our “chicken expert” friend Liesel, being glued to our iPhones to Google breeds and their eggs or just having TOTAL ROOKIE plastered on our forehead.  In the end we managed to gather all of the accessories these little chicks would need…

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 and pick up their temporary chicky condo (or galvanized bucket) while until their little coop cottage is ready.

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 As we drove away, both Ty and I had feelings reminiscent of this.

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Are we ready for this? 

Thank goodness Ty is so good with girls!

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To keep this a surprise until Easter morning, the chatty little ladies–I mean they really have some chops–will be living with Auntie Liesel until Sunday

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when our new four chicks will meet the other Lockard chicks!  Until then, let’s have this be our little secret! 

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Jennifer 04.01.10 at 8:38 am

Can’t wait to hear about Easter morning! And the months to come.

LizzieB 04.01.10 at 10:10 am

Minday, I’m so excited for your little girls. They’re gonna scream with delight when they see their Easter baskets this Sunday. Can’t wait to see pictures of their smiling faces!!

Mindy Lockard 04.01.10 at 11:12 am

Thanks Lizzie and Jen, I’m super excited too!

ABC Dragoo 04.01.10 at 1:54 pm

Where the heck are you hiding them until the basket reveal?

Elissa 04.01.10 at 1:55 pm

Welcome to the world of chicks! We are loving ours that we picked up in February. Enjoy them while they’re little, because they’ll be big in a week! I can hardly wait for fresh eggs.

ABC Dragoo 04.01.10 at 1:55 pm

Sorry, a duh – Aunties house – that is easy enough.. just won’t take the kids there 😛 Sometimes I’m a little slow… sorry!

Elizabeth Howard 04.01.10 at 1:56 pm

This is so sweet and certainly sounds like it will be a fantastic learning experience for all of you! My son’s class hatched chicks in their classroom last year and then every child got to take one home for a sleepover one night after they hatched. I had NO IDEA how loud the chick would be…all night long! It was fun and something we will never forget!

Janelle 04.01.10 at 1:57 pm

Those are so cute. What fun for little girls. My daughter likes watching them hatch.

Liesel 04.01.10 at 4:17 pm

Well, their auntie and cousins are completely in love with them! It’s going to be hard to give them up. Greta reads them The Pokey Little Puppy 6-10 times a day and Louisa was pretty upset when I said no to taking the little chirpies into the bath with her. The little black one (“bwack-mama-chick” as Greta has affectionately named her) has a set of lungs!

Mindy Lockard 04.01.10 at 4:23 pm

Auntie Liesel, Do you think little blackie is a Diva or a Rooster….? Thank you for loving them for us!

Jennifer McIntyre @atthebluebarn 04.02.10 at 8:41 am

This is so exciting!
I think we’ll go pick up some tomorrow for Easter morning – – to add to our two – Lucy and Ethel!
Happy Easter Mindy & fam!
xxoo
Jennifer

Mindy Lockard 04.02.10 at 9:10 am

Love Lucy and Ethel… I’m afraid we are going to have a Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, and Mulan. But a gift is a gift and this Mama isn’t going to micro manage! Keep me posted.

Lizzie 04.04.10 at 6:09 pm

Update… please?! So excited!!! Perhaps Scott and Ty can make coops together?? I must take you to see Angela F’s fabulous coop made out of recycled barn boards and paned windows– so cute!!! Can, t wait to hear names, maybe Mag’s will be Padme or Princess Lea??

Mindy Lockard 04.04.10 at 8:36 pm

I was just sketching out the coop. We do plan to use recycled products. Oh we will be calling Scott for sure. Thanks darling!

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