If it's spring, it's chick time.

All the Agways and similar stores have them. These year, according to one I went to, there's been a big run on chicks.

Maybe it's part of the back-to-the-land ethic. Or the locavore movement: Eat more from your yard.

As is often the case, I got some this year, too. It's always a major pain and hassle to try to introduce new girls to an already-established flock. The phrase "pecking order" didn't come from nowhere, and one year a chick died after a particularly brutal pecking experience.

But I'm getting better at it. And, either way, I can't resist the little cuties. The ones in the video below are between one and two weeks old.

Each new batch has a theme for the names. One year, it was southern authors, so we had Flannery, Carson,  Eudora and Harper. Another year is was the Motown girls. The latest batch -- from two years ago -- had a different theme.  I'll let you guess: Edith and Claudia are two of the names.

This year, we decided to go with flowers. There will be Daisy, Petunia and Marigold, for sure.  After that ... Lilly? Rose? Pansy? Iris?  It's very important to match the name to the chick.  Let me know if you have suggestions.