This has been the most amazing summer ever in terms of getting stuff done.  I haven’t stopped!  It’s like someone has put some sort of super-enhancer inside my brain and body making me capable of magnificent feats of accomplishment.  Just yesterday I woke up, watched the chickens, took photos of the chickens, took a few videos of the chickens, gave the chickens treats, went out and bought melons for the chickens, took MORE photos of the chickens, sat and watched the chickens … WITH FRIENDS … told the friends to leave because they were cutting into my chicken achievements, watched the chickens some more, hand fed the chickens, picked up the baby chicks and told them their porn names, took videos of the chickens and practiced a few selfies with the chickens.

And I also gave great thought to showering which took up at least 40 seconds of my allotted chicken time.  So that was a waste.  In the end I decided against showering.

Clearly, I don’t want you to think that you could also accomplish this sort of a jam packed day.  I mean, I’m me, and you’re you.  If you were to say to me, “Hey Karen.  I think I could to that too.”, I would say to you, “That’s cute. No, you couldn’t.”  And then I would walk away, towards my chicken coop, with the kind of swagger only someone with 6 baby chicks (or a purple muscle car with flames on the side) could have.

It takes a lot of commitment and endurance to do what I do on any given day and you can’t hold yourself up to me as an example.  It will just lead to disappointment in yourself and probably therapy.  Or cocaine use.  And don’t fool yourself into thinking cocaine use is the cheaper option of the two, because you have to factor in the cost of all those tiny spoons and rehab a few years down the road.

So here, I have for you the fruits of my hard labour.  The result of my endless dedication to the observation of my 6 new chicks. (lread this post f you’re interested in how I sexed these chicks 3 different ways)

I give you … Be Happy.



2 day old chicks.  A thousand pounds of happiness wrapped up in 40 grams of feathers.


Have a good weekend!



  1. Esther Perez says:

    OMG!! so very cute. You sound like me I just adopted a kitten and I can’t stop watching or playing with him. I wouldn’t go to work if I thought I could get away with it. LOL Have fun with your chicks

  2. Cindy G. says:

    Love this! I’m so glad I get to raise chickens vicariously through you! Are all of the chicks female?

  3. What a beautiful start to my morning! Our girls are about 11 weeks now but watching that video (and your description of what you’ve been getting done) was a great reminder of just a few short weeks ago. Now, all of our time is spent upgrading/changing/fixing their run.
    They’re so worth every bit of effort and so damn entertaining one you can slow down and watch them for a spell. We call it chicken therapy.

  4. jennifer says:

    Thanks for the ear worm .Should not have watched repeatedly, so not all you fault.

  5. maria-to says:

    fantastic! in a world that’s gone a bit crazy thank you for the smile and laughter — you do it often and with pizzazz!

  6. Elaine says:

    Very noisy construction outside my condo wakes me up every morning. It’s a large addition to a retirement building so I’m going to be sleep deprived for many months yet but your delightful (and so professional!) video totally altered the tone of my morning! The “in and out” is so cute and their eyes slowly closing is just adorable. As mentioned before, we raised chickens in England during the war. Many cold nights, my Dad would bring them in, in a cardboard box, and settle them by the fire and my Mum would have a feast of boiled eggs ready for them. To me, it always seemed strange to feed them EGGS (!!) but they loved it. Lots of happy memories came to mind this morning, Karen, so a big thank you from me to you!

  7. Karen says:

    Smile, smile, aaawww, sweetness, wait scrambled eggs? ???!!!! ( horror face while focusing on the tiny video on my phone to see if Karen is seriously feeding chickens chicken !) Do they know?

  8. Sabina says:

    LOVE <3

  9. Stephanie says:

    I’ve never been a chicken person until I started reading your blog… They are so cute! Although my cats would not approve so I live vicariously through you:-)

  10. Melissa says:

    Nature is so strange. Here you have a baby, still incubating, and it has to fight and peck and destroy its house to make a go of it, and the thing hasn’t even been in this world a day.

  11. Mary W says:

    Can’t wait for my sleepy headed grand daughter to wake up and enjoy this WONDERFUL treat with me again and again! You made an awesome video. I think I know why the Marans seem less frowny face, I think they have bigger eyes than normal, even as chicks. How did you ever make this without harming a chick? The “urge to squeeze” factor is strong and I wonder what that particular urge comes from? I’ll have to ask the SciShow guys for an explanation since of course everything on the internet is real.

    • Karen says:

      “I’ll have to ask the SciShow guys for an explanation since of course everything on the internet is real.”, Of course, lol! ~ karen

  12. Gwennie says:

    I got great happiness out of watching the video, plus the added bonus of seeing the horror and embarrassment on my children’s faces as I sang and danced to the song. Pure Joy!

  13. Eileen says:

    Yeeeeaaaaahhhh…cute overload before full caffeination. And yes, I will need therapy now…to get the bleepin’ P’tridge Family song out of my head again!

  14. marilyn says:

    omG forgot how much i loved the partridge family,teen beat and all that stuff..great video, made me happy..free time..slayed me

  15. marli says:

    That was lovely…but am I the only one wondering why 6 and not 7 chicks? Did I miss something? I’m kinda sad about that (was sad about the broken egg too).

    • Karen says:

      One of the eggs didn’t hatch marli. It’s O.K. It happens. ~ karen!

      • marli says:

        Oh! That makes sense! Thank you for replying, I’d have been wondering about this for days (not kidding)!! :)
        Sorry though that you didn’t get all 8. I know that’s not very likely anyway, but I’m always hopeful for the best. The 6 are amazingly cute, that’s for sure! Have fun with them!!

  16. Rose says:

    So cool and creative! Thanks for sharing those little guys. But the scrambled egg situation….yikes.

  17. Kat says:

    Thanks, Karen. I’m sooo happy now and I’ll be humming that song all day!

  18. Diane R. says:

    Oh my….so cute! Great video Multi-talented Karen.

  19. Barb says:

    Karen – you are a riot! Best blog ever! I laugh my @#& off every time I read a new one. You need to write a book – I will be first to purchase. (Or did you already and I don’t know?) And what makes my entire experience with ‘The Art of Doing Stuff’ even better is – I LOVE chickens! I’ve had many, can’t wait to get more, sit on the floor with them and sing, share worms with them when I’m gardening, give them all names, invite them in the house, and of course let them sit on my lap and tell me stories! They are wonderful – and so are you and the ‘Art of Doing Stuff’!

    • Karen says:

      LOL, thanks Barb. I’ve yet to have a chicken tell me a story but one of them jumped on my head the other day if that counts for anything. ~ karen!

  20. Terri J. says:

    That’s the best chick flick I’ve ever seen!

    • Tracey says:

      That was so awesome Karen! I’ve never had chickens, so I got to see something wonderful that I otherwise would never be able to! Thank you! You have mad video skills.
      Thank you SO much for posting this. ??

    • Dale says:

      As a good “chick flick” will do it brought out a lot of tears….of joy!

  21. Ann says:

    I am in awe of your little video. You got to see things I didn’t with my new little hatchling. And the parting shot where the littles all finally give in to sleep is just precious…..precious I say.

  22. Heidi says:

    What a rootin tootin pop gun shootin great lil video ma’am ?

  23. Maura says:

    Thank you for all your hard work. What a great start to the weekend.
    Wishing you a sunny one!☀️☀️☀️

  24. Jenny W says:

    Thank You, I needed that :)

  25. sharon says:

    That was adorable! What a wonderful way to start the day…..thank you!

  26. Marna says:

    Awww, so cute! Nothing like baby animals! Ok so human babies count, but really! The music was perfect with the video too. Thanks for sharing it! Oh and no, we cannot possibly compare to you, nor keep up with all you do! :)

  27. JulieD says:

    Ha Ha! Love it!
    We had to watch it twice in a row – so cute. And totally perfect to hear the partridge family, egg breaking and everything.

  28. completely adorable. you put in some serious work, there.

  29. Stephbo says:

    That totally made my day! Thanks!

  30. MrsChris SA says:

    Aw – the best thing ever to get my Friday on!
    Have a great weekend!

  31. Ardith says:


  32. Mark says:

    Nice video! But are you raising some fine young cannibals?

  33. Melissa says:

    I mean, come ON! Can anything BE any cuter??

  34. Karen Too says:

    Lovely little babes, esp. when falling asleep… Oddly enough, my parrot, Taz, loves this song. I sing it to her sometimes. She dances along.

  35. Auntiepatch says:

    So cute!

  36. Hazel says:

    The chicks falling asleep was the best bit :)

    And a question… how do you make sure everybody is eating the right food? Apart from the scrambled egg to share, I mean. Is Josephine eating the chick crumbs too? And there was a brown chicken at the beginning. If they’re not separated from the rest of the flock, how did the chicks not get trampled in the rush for said scrambled eggs??

    Ok, more than one question…

    • Karen says:

      All the chickens are used to going to their own feed containers so they might pick a bit at the others food but eat mainly out of their own. The chicks can only reach their chick feeder so they only eat that and whatever I or their mama will show them. The other chickens are really good with the little chicks plus the chicks are FAST. So they don’t get trampled. ~ karen!

  37. Jane Keene says:

    Aww….I loved watching them. And that did make me happy!! Had a tough week here so thanks for making me smile:)

  38. Kathleen says:

    Awwww MAN, I now have a smile on my face that won’t go away. How lovely to watch.

    Thank you again Karen, for brightening my day!

  39. Chrissi Vergoglini says:

    I had chickens twice but then became unable to take care of me let alone several chickens!! I love when they sit on your lap & fall asleep. And anytime I got a shovel out they all stood around waiting for worms!
    I ‘m still hoping I can try again-I do so love them!!!
    Thanks for sharing your video.

  40. Lise-Lotte Loomer says:

    Yes – happy for a long time!! my daughter loved it too!
    Plus it was a cultural experience- she heard the Partridge family for the first time
    Time well spent on your part

  41. Jamieson says:

    So adorable! I should really get my ass over there in the next 4 days before they are giant monsters I can no longer smother in kisses.

  42. Liz says:

    Squeee! I want baby chicks!

  43. Laura Bee says:

    Ahhh, IN ~ OUT ~ IN ~ OUT – the best part for sure.

  44. Debbie from Illinois says:


  45. Leslie says:

    Too much cuteness!! I’d be doing nothing but watching chicks too if these little guys were in my backyard. Thanks for sharing

  46. Cynthia Jones says:

    Ni Night bubbies.

  47. Tammy says:

    Woah! That’s cute! Way to go, Josephine!

  48. Edith says:

    That was GREAT!!!

  49. Kimberly says:

    Love this. Perfect soundtrack. ?

  50. Deirdre says:

    Omg. How wonderful to hear the Partridge Family sing to those lovely chicks.

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