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.