Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Too Shy

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I think the new chicks are camera shy.  They just couldn't stay still enough for me to get a pic of their cute little faces today.


Chicken Little

Friday, May 27, 2011

Our order of 5 Austrolorps has arrived!

Are these little girls not just adorable little balls of fluff?  I got the call today that I had a peeping package at the Post Office and left work early to be certain I would be there to pick them up.  The ladies at the PO were begging me to open the package, but I didn't want to stress the chicks.  Luckily, I was just a couple  of blocks from home, so I didn't have to wait long to get a peek at the babies.  When I opened the cardboard box, I had to giggle at the "nest" that they were shipped in.  It looked like a real nest!  I should have taken a pic when I first opened the box, but here's a similar pic courtesy of Serene Dwelling:

Right now, they're in a clear 18 gallon storage container on my kitchen counter where I can keep a close eye on them.  I put newspaper in the bottom, covered by clean pine shavings - from what I've read, you should never leave chicks on just newspaper because it's slick and can cause them to get splayed leg syndrome.) Their water and food dishes were improvised out of Rubbermaid container lids and I've got a heat lamp clamped onto my cabinets.  It's a toasty 90 degrees in the container and they seem quite content.

Peep! Peep!

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