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Baby Animals!

It’s very exciting, our baby chicks have arrived to the brooder house!  On Saturday, April 16th we received our order of chicks from the Murray McMurray hatchery.  Believe it our not, the chicks are mailed to Living History Farms and Mike, the Farms Manager went to pick them up at the post office!  We have several different types of chicks that have arrived for various places around the property.  Dominiques will live at the 1850 farm while the Conchins, with their fuzzy feet, will head to the Tangen House in town.  Here at 1900 we have a couple of different types of birds, one with fun colorings and one with a crazy coif!

With a racer stripe down its head, this chick is going places!

These birds will be fed and used over the summer for egg collection and different education programs on the farm.  If you want to be one of the first to see the newbies (before they become teenager chicks and decidedly awkward looking) come visit the farms on Saturday April 23rd during our Easter event.  Visit for more information.

Baby Buff-Laced Polish Chicks show off their Mohawks!

Meanwhile, stay tuned to this blog to track the progress of these birds.  Right now they are living under heat lamps in the brooder house, but soon enough they will be able to move to their permanent houses, the chicken coops around LHF they will call home.  As we track the chickens, we will talk about the value they had in 1900 and relate them to chickens today!


  • Aspen Anderson says:

    So are these all baby chickens? I have a baby bird that was found but we aren’t quite sure if she/he is a chicken due to his/her size the fact that he/she has a lot of feathers but absolutely no vrest. Though the markings on the first picture looks similar to the chick we have.

    • The bird pictures here are all chickens. If the bird was found in the wild it could be any number of species, but there are many different types and varieties of chickens. I am sure you could send a picture to a school or a birder and they may be able to tell you more. If you can find it, someone in your local area would be cognizant of the species from that particular place. Good luck with the identification.

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