A Peep of Chicks

I learned the proper name for a group of chicks.

It’s a peep.

I didn’t know that.

Until now.

They hatched.

Five of them.

My husband assured me that most of them wouldn’t hatch.

That’s why I agreed to so many eggs in the first place.

It seems as if he were wrong.

I had some trepidation about this.

The whole “hatching chickens” thing.

I’ve never held a chicken before.

Never wanted to.

They’re kind of gross.

And scary.

Freaky miniature dinosaurs.

Pecking at the ground. Each other. Innocent bystanders.

I always got the sense they would eat people, if only they were big enough.

I think there was a Scooby Doo episode about that.

And now these would-be man-eaters are living in my basement.

Chasing each other through the brooder.

Huddling together when they are cold.

Pecking at everything in sight.

And peeping incessantly.

I had no idea they were so loud.

It echoes through the house.

When my husband first broached the idea, this plan of hatching chickens, I assumed he was joking.

I told him I don’t do poultry.

And yet, now, it seems I do.

I have to check on them.

I’ve been instructed to watch their backsides, to make sure they don’t catch some funky chicken infection.

As if I didn’t have enough bottoms to wipe in this house.

Because cleaning chicken butts sounds like fun.

Doesn’t it?

The boy loves them.

He’s mesmerized.


He wants to visit them constantly.

Watch them.

Talk to them.

And he’s named them. Peepers. Coos 1. Coos 2. Coos 3. And Gray.

I assume these names make sense to a two year-old.

Because I’m a little confused.

But I have to admit something.

They’re pretty cute.

And they might be growing on me.

Damn chickens.

12 Responses to A Peep of Chicks
  1. Galit Breen
    April 11, 2012 | 10:49 pm


    That ending? Perfection!

    But chickens! In your house!

    (You’re a good one!)
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  2. The Mommy Psychologist
    April 12, 2012 | 1:06 am

    I’m going to wager a bet that you will be keeping at least one of those chicks:) Plan B.
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  3. Alison@Mama Wants This
    April 12, 2012 | 3:50 am

    Omigosh they are pretty darn cute!!!!

    So um, are they staying?
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  4. JDaniel4's Mom
    April 12, 2012 | 6:53 am

    They really are cute! I tried hatching eggs in my classroom and they did all hatch. It was terrible.
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  5. Jessica
    April 12, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    You are a good peep.

    Of course those names make sense. To a two year old.
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  6. Kimberly
    April 13, 2012 | 10:45 am

    I won’t lie…from a distance they are cute but to actually get up close and personal…whole different story.
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  7. This is so cute. And I absolutely love the pictures!
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  8. Kir
    April 16, 2012 | 8:16 am

    It is cute…they are cute! But you are a much better woman than I am my friend, I doubt very much if I could do it..even if my children loved them. (or maybe I’m heartless…I don’t know)
    It’s interesting and very cool…and I’ve got lots of respect for you for doing it! :)
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  11. Carri
    April 24, 2012 | 10:13 pm

    OMG I WANT ALL OF THEM!! You know I love chickens, right? I let one of my hens hatch a clutch of nine and it was the cutest thing ever. Seriously. I almost died. I also grew up on a farm.
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