Nine Baby Chicks

I’ve been stressing about my graduate school applications and Christmas and my impending move to DC. All actually very happy things, but I’m finding it all overwhelming.

Thankfully, I have these little guys to put things in perspective.


We picked up a new batch of chicks at Kruse’s Feed this weekend. They were the first chicks they’ve had in in a long time because the hatchery has been running out. My dad talked to the manager who explained that backyard chicken raising has become so popular that they just don’t have enough (girl) chickens to keep up.

Last month we processed 10 of our chickens who had stopped laying so that we could get started with another group. It seems somewhat morbid to consider the death that these adorable little creatures might someday end up in the pot too, but I eat meat and I know that whatever meat I eat was once, at some point, a cute animal, so I try to take good care of them and be properly thankful for what they provide for me.


I’m going to go out to the garage right now to say hi to them, and then it’s back to personal statements. What matters most to me and why — in 750 words or less. Oh. My. Lord.


1 Gregory Yee { 12.09.09 at 3:08 am }

i'm pretty sure any jess daniel essay pretty much writes itself….

2 Jessica Daniel { 12.09.09 at 12:06 pm }

no! it's painful. PAINFUL. But I'm hoping it's the kind of pain that's worth something…

3 Jess Huang { 12.09.09 at 2:52 pm }

Oh, and your essay will totally kick ass. And, has Josef gotten in touch w/ you yet re: housing?

4 Jess Huang { 12.09.09 at 2:52 pm }

:D :D I miss raising chickens so much! Used to have 12 Kruse chicksroaming around the backyard. Can I bring some feed or something for these little guys? (Also, hi Greg!)

5 Derek Colby { 12.09.09 at 4:18 pm } husbandry, you guys! (If you click on the "contact link" on this comic it has a little easter egg puchline.)I posit that all the stock of female chickens is from people taking up chicken husbandry for their duress phrases.

6 Marcus Qing-Tai Ng { 12.09.09 at 4:29 pm }

Good luck! I hope I'm around in Cali the next time it's these little guys' turn to be eaten >:D

7 Jessica Daniel { 12.09.09 at 4:34 pm }

you're bad!

8 Laura { 12.09.09 at 10:00 am }

they are too adorable!!! Good luck with the personal statement(s)

9 Scot Daniel { 12.09.09 at 11:04 am }

We lost power yesterday so I had to take the chicks to our inlaws down the street so they’d stay warm. That little garage light it what replaces the heat they’d get from their mama. Without it, they freeze. I just picked them up (we have power again), but left them in my truck for 20 minutes. I remembered them when I saw your blog post in my email. They are chirping away in the garage again, happy as clams.

10 Leslie Liang { 12.10.09 at 11:43 am }

you're moving to DC? fun! sad that you're leaving again = when are you going?

11 Jessica Daniel { 12.10.09 at 1:22 pm }

Leaving Jan 5th! Can't believe it's so soon.

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