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Time to meet the ladies, and some sad stories….

June 12, 2015

Before I get to the introductions, and it’ll happen over 2 days. I wanted to give you an idea of life after baseball.

Some things will never change.

In pretty much the exact manner in which I prepared to pitch, I entered into this. I read, researched, read some more, made phone calls, talked to a poultry vet, read some more.

I wanted to be as prepared and informed as possible, and I am. I am also learning tons as I go thanks to the amazing ladies and the advice and info they’ve given me.

I’ll start off by showing some ‘baby photos’, some of which will be painful. I lost 7 of the girls to a pet dog who, while I wanted to kill her, I knew she was trying to ‘play’ with them. I lost all of my young polish, a gorgeous blue cochin as well, and one of my bantam frenchies (Mille fleur d’uccle). Pronounced Millee-de-Flur dew clay.

It was a very hard lesson to learn, and it happened again to 2 others not long after.

As of today I think the pen is borderline Ft Knox, to get into or out of.

I’ll introduce you to the Schilling pets as well, and there’s a neat little surprise at the end.

You'll see some comments on some pictures along the way. For anyone that doesn't know this about chickens 1) They're wicked smart and 2) They're EXACTLY like dogs, every one has its very own personality and it's on display, all the time! Any of the youngsters you see with

You’ll see some comments on some pictures along the way. For anyone that doesn’t know this about chickens 1) They’re wicked smart and 2) They’re EXACTLY like dogs, every one has its very own personality and it’s on display, all the time! Any of the youngsters you see with “Afros” was killed in the 1st accident. As was “Hairyette” the blue cochin. These were all taken in the basement, in their brooder (built by Steve) which I added a ‘loft’ onto, to allow them as they grew, to move around and start ‘roosting’ before going outside.

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Hairyette would have looked like this, and she was gorgeous as hell.

Hairyette would have looked like this, and she was gorgeous as hell.

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The one on the left is “Valiant”. So named because, again according to Garrison “Anyone willing to have 27 girlfriends, has to be Valiant dad”. That was before we discovered a 2nd rooster.

What Chessy will look like all growed up! A mobile chess board.

What Chessy will look like all growed up! A mobile chess board.

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This is Brownie, a Partridge Hen Cochin.

She will look like this when she's all grown up.

She will look like this when she’s all grown up.

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This was about the time “Valerie” became “Valiant”, as we realized he acted like, and looked like, a boy.

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Check out the neck feathers, and he has enormous feet.

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  1. June 12, 2015 9:30 pm

    They are all beautiful. I am so sorry for the ones you lost. We had silkie’s when I was young. We lost them to a weasel and we were so sad as they become pets. I am so happy to see all your animals and the enjoyment you get from them. They are truly a gift from God.

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