We’ve been in this rural area for nearly five years, but up to this point, we’ve only had dogs and wildlife wandering around. Yesterday, we took one step closer to farm life when our five baby chicks arrived. We’re all a bit surprised by how captivating they are. Like a zen garden, you really could watch them for hours and feel your blood pressure stabilize.

Between the new chicks, the tadpoles we’re raising, the seedlings that are peeking their heads out of the soil, and the blossoms on the apple trees, it’s impossible to deny: spring has sprung.

Some interesting tidbits about chicks:

1. Much like human babies, they move in a continual cycle that is something like this: eat, sleep, poop, and peep. They seem to do each of these things for about 4.6 seconds at a time.

2. If you look closely at the second photo, the white dot on the chick’s beak is its “egg tooth” which helps it break through the egg shell when it hatches. As of this morning, most of them had already fallen off.

3. Baby chicks seem to have a bit of narcolepsy. They’ll be doing something, and then all of a sudden they sink to the ground and fall sound asleep. Apparently, this is quite normal, and is extremely entertaining to watch.