I know.


You want one.


Or two, or three.  To look at. And pet.  And squish.


It takes every ounce of restraint I have to stop myself from picking up the whole mess of them and squishing them to death.

I’m actually quite surprised on a regular basis that I haven’t killed any of my animals over the years by that very method.



‘Cause I mean look at them.  Can you think of anything else other than scooping them all up and just smashing your face into them?  The compulsion is so strong it makes me better understand why men want to do that with boobs all that time.



A week has passed since I took these pictures.  They’re already bigger, more feathery and less … babyish.



They all have real little wing feathers and one of them even has a tiny tail sprouting at just 1 week old.


So their squishing days are almost over.  Within another couple of weeks they’ll have entered the Raptor phase where the Ahhhhhhs of visiting guests will be replaced with Ack!  They’ll be in the gawky teenager phase looking like one of the unfortunate but endearing characters from a John Hughes movie.


For for now they still look pretty much like this.

And I’m not sure who I think I’m kidding.  I’ll still wanna squish them when they’re in their Raptor phase.  Men don’t discriminate against boobs that are in their Raptor phase, so I certainly won’t be doing that with my chickens.  And a gangly chicken is way more attractive than a gangly boob.

A compilation video of the chick’s first two days in this world coming up next Friday!

Have a good weekend!







  1. Darla says:

    I’m in love with fluffiness!!

  2. Heather (mtl) says:

    Comment to Chris White: My grandparents lived in Musquodoboit Harbour so summers were the absolute best! So rare to see anyone even be able to spell it- lol – that I am still smiling….
    At those glorious chicks! Oh, I think I’d still be sitting there just watching them grow.

  3. Nancy says:

    Oh, I remember chasing Grandpa’s baby chicks around (carefully, they’re so little) and my cousin grabbed one and seriously and rapturously squeezed it. To, um, permanent nap time. Move along, there’s nothing to see here ….

  4. Kelli says:

    Awww….wookit da wittle baby COMBS! *squee*

  5. Benjamin says:

    Is the coop-cam still running? I enjoyed that while your other chicken were younger. Baby animals are always so freaking cute, I want to hold and squeeze them all.

  6. Ellen says:

    All I could think of is one of my daughter’s favourite sayings from Despicable Me, “It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die”. Google it if you haven’t seen the movie. So crazy it makes me laugh.

  7. maggie van sickle says:

    so sweet. I understand your feelings.

  8. Robyn says:

    Wow! I absolutely love having a weekly chicken update. They are the cutest things ever!!! I can see how hard it would be to refrain from squishing them. I hope Josephine enjoys them as much as the rest of us!

  9. Ev Wilcox says:

    After reading all these remarks from your adoring readers there is not much left for me to add. Just, congrats on being a nice grandma (tee hee) and your photography is great. Thanks for sharing!

  10. They are PRECIOUS and it’s amazing how fast they grow! Ours are at about 9 weeks now and getting HUGE! I look forward to seeing more and more of them!

  11. Lesley says:

    Just wanna know when MY boobs be in their “raptor phase”? Is that desirable? I had a mammogram on Monday – does that make a difference?

    • Barbara C says:

      When you run downstairs in your pjs and they slap at each step, then you know! Also when they tuck themselves into your pants!

  12. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK lady..I have now melted into a puddle of goo on the floor…I hope you plan on stopping by to clean up this love the sleeping picture….

  13. Lise Cameron says:

    Karen , you are too funny…
    Comparing fluffy , adorable little baby chicks to men putting their faces into our boobs….
    Would love to know what they would do with these little fluff balls…
    They really are obsessed…Can’t live with them and can’t live without them…
    These little chicks really are so cute …
    Have a terrific weekend..

  14. janpartist says:

    I’m impressed with Josephine! Such a worthy mother hen. Wonder if this will cause her to give this up afterwards or feel like this is her lot in life.

  15. Chris White says:

    When my mom was growing up in Musquodoboit, NS in the 50s, her Easter present every year was a box of chicks to raise on their farm. Her grandparents gave her the chicks each year but first they coloured the feathers with food colouring so the chicks were pink, lavender, light blue and green – an Easter rainbow of fluff. Mom still thinks it was the Best Thing Ever. Not sure what the chicks thought…..

    • FarmKid Marti says:

      The chicks thought “pink, lavender, light blue and green chick lives matter, too!”

      All farm kids got those for Easter. It was GREAT!

      Karen, what color are these birdies going to grow up to be? I somehow expected their downy adorableness to be shaded slightly darker.

  16. Trish says:

    Absolutely beautiful to see!!…I wonder if (in all your expertise) you can tell whose who? thanks Karen you’re the amazing one…thinking of Josephine…driving 2 hours away to get the eggs …sitting with her in the coop …washing her and the eggs…and probably more than we will ever know…good job by you!!

  17. Gretchen Sexton says:


  18. Andrea says:

    I love them! They look so mad. I’m going to take the one if the two chicks staring at the camera, write “where’s your thesis”. And send it to my slow writing students!

  19. Jody ( I want a baby chicken) says:

    They’re are just little flutter-nutters! How is the one that had the bent toe? Have any of them imprinted on you yet? How are the chickens treating them and mama Josephine? Amazing to see they are already getting that red thing (I don’t know what it is called) at the top of their heads.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jody! Yup. They’re pretty cute. They’re all getting along fine. Except Sweetie. Everyone wants to kill poor Sweetie. Animals imprint on the first thing they see when they’re born which was mama. So they’ll never imprint on me. :) ~ karen!

  20. Gingersnappo says:

    Eeeeeeee! Such simple, sweetness. :)

  21. Kim C says:

    Omg, omg, omg! I want to reach into your photos and hug them all!!
    Were you just laying in the coop for hours with camera poised? Stunningly sweet pictures!

    Raptor phase boobs…lol :)

  22. Linda in Illinois says:

    so adorable, your photos make me feel as if I could reach right out and squish them all.

  23. jainegayer says:

    Karen, what’s that yellow stuff the chicks are standing in 7th photo down? Looks like scrambled eggs.
    LOL The chicks are absolutely adorable and yes, so damn squishable.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jaine! It is indeed scrambled eggs. :) One of the best things you can feed chicks/chickens. ~ karen!

      • Dale says:

        Are they free range eggs?
        Scrambled with a little Tofu added?
        When can they take on live proteins like worms?

      • Andrea says:

        Seems a little cannabilistic!

      • jainegayer says:

        LOL and I thought it was just your wonderful sick sense of humor.

        • Cassie says:

          Oh girl, you CRACK me up!
          Yes, very squish-able cannibals….who would have thought you could compare to boobs??? But now my eyes are open and I totally get it!
          Seriously adorable, thanks again for the entertaining education.

  24. Teddee Grace says:

    The sleeping photo is the squishiest!

  25. Tracy M says:

    They’re so fluffy!

  26. Maria-TO says:

    Just a bunch of cuteness and did you get a look at those feet?! They are gonna be big’uns! Look forward to the video — have a great weekend.

  27. Stephanie says:

    Seriously, these shots could be in a calendar. I don’t consider myself a chicken person but I would buy it!

    • Jackie says:

      Oh I totally agree. KAREN – we need a calendar of your chickens & baby chicks. You could use only your pictures & babies. It would be great. I started decorating with roosters & chickens in my kitchen & it has now spread into much of our house. I do not have any real chickens but I really love them. We have a very small yard & don’t know if it is even allowed in our town – + my husband says no to chickens. So I just ogle yours all the time. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  28. Judy D. says:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  29. cary says:

    oh they are just adorable! hope there’s some little girls in there :) btw, did i somehow miss the responses from the chicken vet? i’m the one who has the thin shelled egg layer. thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cary! Nope, I’ve forwarded him his latest question but haven’t got a response yet. :) He is a full time vet who is also running a magazine so the response time is going to reflect that I’m afraid. ~ karen!

  30. Ann says:

    My one new chick baby probably hatched out at just about the same time as yours. It is so cute and I love how if I get anywhere near, I get clucked at by the 2 mommas who are sharing momma duties nicely. After this experience letting hens hatch their own babies, I may never do it any other way again. So much easier and so much more fun to see the baby get to be outside from day 2 on. Of course I would want to let the momma hens wait til the heat of summer to actually sit on eggs enough to hatch them out.

    • Karen says:

      I know! My sister was commenting on that yesterday. About how when you raise them in a brooder you have to keep them separate but when the mama does it, the chicks are in there with the rest of the chickens right away! ~ karen

  31. Kim K. says:

    ROOSTERS – every one of them I tell you — LMAO

    Your Marans hen is gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Liar, lol! I’ve banded them all and am taking weekly photos so I can see if the ones I *think* are going to be roosters actually turn out to be roosters! Like the one with the comb and tail that’s twice as big as everyone else already! ~ karen

  32. Teri says:

    If you think chicks are cute, you should visit my living room which currently has 10 baby ducks in a rubbermaid tub. Chicks are cute. Ducks? even cuter. ….
    Had to help all of them hatch (long and sad duck tale) however they have all lived for 3 days so will likely more than make it. Now I need to find someone who wants 10 baby ducks, as I certainly have far too many other animals to care for as it stands!!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Oh yes, ducks are pretty cute! I’m sure someone somewhere wants 20 ducks, let alone 10 so you’ll have no problem finding a home for them. ~ karen!

  33. Brenda says:

    Are you going to keep them all ;)

  34. MrsChris SA says:

    Aw Aw Aw Aw – I want them!!

  35. GC Lehman says:

    So cute!!

    Now I want chickens too! LoL

  36. Kathleen says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  37. Bambi Mayer says:

    Simply adorable!!!

  38. Leslie says:

    Look at Josephine being such a good mom! She looks so happy and content…after all these years babies! I love the pictures of the chicks peeking out from underneath her wing :-) When is the chick cam going into action?

  39. Paula says:

    Looking forward to Friday!

  40. Jeri Mearns says:

    Totally hysterical post – thanks. Laughed out load at the boobs comparison – because it’s so true! I never did get that….

    And they are the most adorable – OK, maybe kittens are cuter….

    • Ronda says:

      ah, but kittens have claws that they love to test on human flesh! I speak from experience! These are little fluff balls of adorableness.

  41. Heather J Tebbutt says:

    Oh, they are so cute…

  42. Jane S says:

    The sleeping chicks are every bit as cute as a sleeping baby.

  43. Liz says:

    So adorable, who would think how cute they could be. Can’t wait to see more photos.

  44. Steph H says:

    Ugh, those grumpy little fluffs. I love when they just sort of collapse into sleep like they lost the will to chicken and just broke down.

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