Chicks are a fortnight old

These eleven little chicks are dear little things but I’m trying not to get attached to them.  For one thing, they become less appealing once they’re in that awkward in-between stage, half grown and a bit rowdy.  For another, I know a number of them will be cocks and I can’t spare them.  For another, I’ve got more chickens than I want already.  And yet there are at least a couple of them that I can’t help hoping are girls, so I can keep them.  One has a striped back like a partridge chick, whilst being yellow otherwise and another is, as its feathers (rather than baby down) emerge, charmingly tweedy speckles.  Others seem to have black spots, which is rather sweet.  I don’t know.  What I do know is that I can’t let them range free again – the flock, that is – because I found looking after several coopsful of chicks and their mothers was a miserable experience last summer and I don’t want it to happen again.

I’m quite torn, I have to confess.  I’m fond of the chickens but they’re something of a burden.  So are the tortoises.  I honestly don’t want to keep them – the tortoises, that is – but I can’t let them go to just anyone.  I know I’m doing a good job with the Tots – they’re not that hard to look after, but it’s very easy to get it wrong and the first few years of their life is crucial for their long-term health.  I suspect I have too strong an inclination to feel responsible for things I don’t need to.  It’s a nuisance.

I’ve remembered a possible anecdote about my mother’s young life (if you remember, some years ago I wrote a series of posts about my family ‘history’) – I have a feeling I haven’t mentioned this – I say possible because I might have.  I must look back to see if I’ve ever mentioned raspberry jam.  In connection with cocoa.

7 comments on “Chicks are a fortnight old

  1. Kipper

    I was talking with a veterinarian who specializes in exotic (not dogs,cats or farm animals) animal care. She said tortoises are very difficult to raise and hard work. I cannot recall your mentioning any story about your mother and jam. Do tell!

  2. Z Post author

    I have searched for relevant key words and, remarkably, it seems I have an untold story!

    A friend has come up with a theory about the reason so many tortoises don’t thrive nowadays, which seems plausible, I’ll explain it (again, I don’t think I have already.

    1. Z Post author

      I get signed out here sometimes and it’s only when I reply to a comment that I realise. Or try to write a new post of course. It happens when I write on here from iPad or phone.


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