When we first started dreaming of homesteading, I researched different animals and breeds that I would want. We dreamed of cows, so naturally I landed on the Scottish Highland. Their beauty and unique characters set them apart in my mind. (I’m an Enneagram 4w5 – I’m all about being unique, I run from trends and actually have started some, and I’m emotionally connected to things while logically weighing the pros and cons and researching and researching and researching some more.) Then I got to chickens.
There are some beautiful breeds out there, some that are plain and even ugly (can I say that?!?) that are great meat or laying birds. I always am drawn to unique, as stated above, and when I saw the Silkies for the first time, my heart melted. I mean, how can you not fall in love with a bird that has hair-like feathers and the most amazing tuft of hair on top of their head? They’re like walking fur balls, but are birds!!! And the further I researched – Raegan helped in that endeavor – the more I realized we needed them, not only for their adorablness that makes one weak in the knees, but because of their traits. They are known to be sweet, docile birds that go broody and are excellent mothers. We’ve never successfully had a hen go broody and hatch out young, but we’ve never had Silkies….until NOW!!!!
Dave has known that I’ve wanted Silkies for years. Not even really “wanted” per say….really, I NEEDED them (kind of like I NEEDED a Highland….I don’t think we’ve told that story yet, have we???). About a week ago, he was getting a little weird and giddy and he kept telling me he had a surprise for me. Without any sort of context, my mind went to chocolate. He’s good about bringing home chocolate from time to time….most definitely another one of my needs. 😉 He was being all secretive, though, and the kids all were in on it….so they got weird too! Then Raegan spilled the beans. Dave had found someone in our area that was hatching out Silkie chicks and he was getting me some. Wait…I should punctuate how I really felt. HE. WAS. GETTING. ME. SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday was the big day. He taught English early that morning (with VIPKid – side note, ask us about that sometime, because it’s an amazing extra income for us!), he went to get 2 new breeding bunnies for Lincoln and Monroe, and then he picked up my chicks. I thought he was only getting 3, but he came home with 4!!!! Although I wasn’t home at the time he brought them home, he sent me pictures right away. I was with a group of mom’s learning about the Challenge years of Classical Conversations, so I had to wait (impatiently) to get home to see them. They did not disappoint.
Aren’t they just the cutest??? I can’t. Seriously, I just can’t!
So now, daily, I snuggle them as much as possible. And they are fulfilling my every dream of having them. So far anyway. It’s just going to get better and better from here!