it was inevitable {photo session with our chicks}

Chicks grow crazy fast. All the sudden their little tail feathers are coming in and their puffy feathers are being replaced by shiny mature looking feathers. Our girls turned one week old yesterday. We celebrated with a mini photo session. You know I couldn’t pass up the chance to photograph the kids with baby chicks. Too much cuteness…totally worth all that chicken poop I’ve been cleaning. Little One wasn’t quite in the mood for posing with the chicks…

I’ve always known that God created us so differently, so uniquely. I’ve known it in my head all my life. However, being a mom makes it real in my heart too. There is no way to explain how my second born attracts animals and deeply loves them other than it is just simply how God made him. The chicks literally flock to him and ignore the rest of the kids. He is pretty cute too, so I’m a little worried in 10 years it will be girls flocking to him!

Camo is his chick. She just hopped up on his back. She also finds her way to his shoulder and perches. I keep warning him that he’ll get pooped on, but it hasn’t happened and he doesn’t seem to care if it does.

And a few ‘out-takes’…which always end up being among my favorite. FireCracker’s face here is pretty much the best.

Red in mid-air. Amelia is actually the one that flies the most. Her name couldn’t be more perfect.

Red just up and flew right over his foot.

Chicken Poop. My floors are more disinfected in the last 5 days than they have been in a year.

For those that had a few questions about our chickens:

  • The book I recommend the most is A Chicken In Every Yard (a friend recommended it to me and it is my favorite so far)
  • Our chicken breeds are: 2 Buff Orpington (yellow), 2 Ameraucana (mixed color), Barred Plymouth Rock (black), Rhode Island Red (red)
  • Poppy is handling the chicks fine, but she isn’t really allowed around them. We’ve introduced them, but are keeping them totally separated unless Poppy is being held.
  • The visor from Monday’s post was from Twirling Betty
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  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I love everything in this post – the gorgeous photos, your stunning floors, and how you’ve captured the uniqueness of each of your children and their chicks.

  • Jenny - These.are.perfect! What a beautiful family!

  • lisa - one of my favorite photo shoots of yours! Firecracker is getting to be such a beautiful little lady! And I love seeing your little naturalist with his creatures. I am astounded at how you can get 5 kids to all look at a camera together…that is an accomplishment! My brother and sister and I had pet chickens as kids and I will never forget it; your kids won’t either!

  • Jessica R - Ordering the book. This should provide my husband with his daily laugh at my crazy antics :). We live in the suburbs… my main concern would be noise – looking forward to reading up on it!

  • Allie - I am so in love with these photos! So much personality :)

  • natalie - these photos are DARLING! oh my goodness, something to cherish.

  • natalie - p.s. also, i would recommend the book “chick days” for your family. it was the first book that got me hooked on keeping chickens! here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Chick-Days-Absolute-Beginners-Chickens/dp/1603425845
    it is a wonderful guide & very basic for kiddos to understand. when i was just starting, i would get so overwhelmed by all of the little details. so, it was very helpful for me to see clearly the chicken’s basic needs & progress. also, the photos are BEAUTIFUL & show the age progression of the chickens. you should check it out from the library or purchase online :)

  • Kim - Will they have differently colored eggs?
    Great photos, thanks for the smiles!

  • stephany - These are the most adorable photos ever!
    I hope to have chickens one day…thanks for the book recommendation!

  • Angie Webb - BEST photos ever!! I love, love, love them! I have 4 Rhode Island Red’s and while I LOVE them I wish I had gotten different breeds. Ameraucana’s are amongst my favorite – blue eggs! Can’t wait to see these girls grow up. So much fun!

  • Necole @seriouslysassymama - Those chickens are so cute.

  • Rachel Spin - This is the best post ever. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Love this! Ameraucanas are some of my most favorite! And the barred rocks are so curious and smart. Fun, fun, fun!

  • Laura J. - Love the photos. You are wonderful at showing your love and the uniqueness of each of your children. Have you seen the blog: http://scratchandpeck.blogspot.com/ ? Lauren Scheuer also has a new book about her life with her chickens. I thought of you with your crew because she shows how to draw chickens(and cats!).

  • Jess - These are just amazing! What great memories. Gorgeous!

  • susie - So cute and so fun!!

  • Peggy - My oldest boy is like your second boy. Really attracts all manner of living things, adores animals, and wanted to be a vet for a very long time. He is a senior in high school and still very intuitive about our pets. As far as human girls go I would guess you only have until about Fifth grade. :)

  • Monica - Beautiful pics! I love them all. Thanks for sharing. I love the one that Firecrackers makes that face , she is so spontanous. LOL . And Little One looks so cute! she doesn’t know what to do what her chick. :).

  • giozi - Ha ha ha ha. Love all, the first one was good, ha ha ha but the rest were greats, and the last one, ha ha ha

  • bonnie - we have chickens too and the kids have loved them, especially when they are chicks. we also have an outside cat and with slow introduction she is totally fine with the chickens now. never tried to hurt them. the more you handle the chicks now, the more friendly they will be with you as they get older and are laying eggs. we have one in particular that thinks it might just be a lap dog :) enjoy… love the photos!

  • Teresa - My husband got chicks this time last year. I so miss them with their fuzz in the box. But, I love their eggs. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kiki - This is such a cute photoshoot–and it looks like everyone had a lot of fun, too! And is it weird for me to say that I love all of your kids’ hair? Seriously, Firecracker’s especially is so cute! :)

  • bopha - Firecracker’s hair looks awesome!!

  • Tracy - Poppy will be best friend with them when they are bigger!

    Cute Chicks, have a great Easter!

  • Gina - Awesome pics!! So fun!

  • Moriah - Love the photos! Each of their reactions are totally priceless!

  • Sellersatlast - These are so beautiful!! Oh to take photos like you! Hopefully one day there will be a snapshop in my future!!

  • Jess - Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Your family is beautiful!

    ps. chick envy.

  • Pam - We have participated in our 4H Embryology project with baby chicks and it was definitely an adventure. So glad to see your children very happy about their chicks. I was ready to boot them the day they hatched. (pew…stinky…:) Your girls are rock’in some cute hair.

  • Aubrey K - Ooh! So cute! I had Ameraucana chickens and they lay the coolest eggs! :)

  • Heather Miller - These pictures are fabulous! I dream of having chickens of my own…ah someday. Warning: my 4-year old daughter saw the picture of your second born with the chick on his back and said “he’s so cute!” I’m not sure if she was referring to the chick, or the boy, or both, but watch out. :) Also, I’m loving Little One’s hair. It is beautiful.

  • Dawn - These are ADORABLE!!! Love, love, love!!!

  • Kristin - What great photos, Ashley!

  • Suzanne - Chicks and kiddos. Sweetness overload! Firecracker looks so grown up with her hair down!!

  • Nicolle - Have to comment on Firecracker’s hair. She looks beautiful!

  • Mirys - Your pics are the BEST. EVER. SERIOUSLY!

    Kisses and blessings.
    Mirys (www.diariodos3mosqueteiros.blogspot.com) from Brazil

  • Kristin S - Adore this set of shots! With the white background, it really shows the uniquenesses of each of your sweet kids.

    Suddenly I so see your husband (with hair) in your oldest. I’m sure that’s not new but the white floors and background and lights just made each one pop.

    You have a beautiful family.

  • Jenny B. - So Adorable!! And Firecracker is looking so grown up. All that hair. She looks a lot like her mama. :)

  • Megan T - Oh my goodness Ashley, those are the most adorable pictures of your little ones. of course those chicks are precious and I now have chicken fever. We moved to the country a few months back and have a great yard for them. Not to mention my animal loving 4 year old would love them! Enjoy!!!

  • Melanee - As always, I am in awe of your photography. What a great experience for your children to have, taking care of and nurturing baby chicks.

  • Samantha Lee - You’re children are the absolute cutest! Adorable photo shoot! Thanks for sharing (especially the outtakes…hilarious!)

  • Gayle - Simply adorable!

  • Brooke - I just love all of these. The candidness of your kiddos is just so sweet. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Jacci in Ohio - I made it! Here I am! :) So thrilled to be sitting and READING :) My older crew is off with Sam at prayer meeting and here I am with Lily (and her runny nose).

    Oh my. First of all… you make me want more boys. Second of all… you make me want more girls ;) Third of all… I can now envision us with chicks more than ever. And lastly… I just may tear every spot of carpet in the house up tonight and paint the subflooring bright white :) I *love* the way the studio loft photographs. Love.

    I’m so glad you all have been able to take this adventure. That you have the needed “margin” – as you called it – this spring. What a wonderful, wonderful experience! For all of you! Although, it does seem like LO might need persuaded. ha ha. Such sweetness & cuteness.

    Thanks so much for sharing those pics, Ashley!!

  • Kat - You are brave. I have always been (and still am) terrified of chickens. I wouldn’t even touch the little baby chicks when we got them every spring. Some farm girl I am!
    That being said, if I had a husband & kids to take care of them, I would LOVE to have chickens, just for the fresh eggs. Nothing like a fresh egg.

  • Kelly - These are just wonderful. Firecracker has some very glorious hair. So glad your second born has a natural affinity with animals. I do too. :)

  • Charlene - Amazing. We want chickens! Firecrackers hair is amazing as well!

  • tracy a - I’m trying to figure out where you took these pictures…upstairs in the girls room? Or in the studio? Fabulous photos as always!

  • AshleyAnn - Tracy – these were upstairs in the studio!

  • marci - Cutest pictures ever! Love that 1st one!

  • Rebecca - I am SO jealous of firecrackers hair!

  • Carol Van Boening - These pictures are so totally awesome! Love all the poses..so natural. I love how your kids get to experience so many cool things from your perspective. You are wonderful parents…they are SO blessed!!

  • Diana - Love your blog and all the riches God has blessed you with. Just love these photos of your kids and chicks! Our chicks turned two weeks old today and I am so amazed at how God created them. They do grow up so fast. Just like our own kids!!! God bless you all and thanks for sharing your life.

  • Genni - Little ones hair is looking lovely.

  • Jack - I love the shots of the chickens in flight! What a great photo session – you have a beautiful family.

  • Sadee Schilling - Your kids are gorgeous! I love how you turned your loft space into a perfect photography studio. Your white-on-white and pops of color always inspire me–when we get home to Colorado, my house is going WHITE! :)

  • Alida - Ameraucanas lay colored eggs, right? I’m pretty sure that was the kind my sister and I had, they laid blue and green eggs. Your chickens are very cute:)

  • Alice - I am loving firecracker’s hair!! It looks so good curly like that!! These pictures are the best! Perfect for Easter!!

  • Samantha - Your two oldest boys have striped shirts and your two girls have striped leggings, i think your youngest boy missed the stripped memo!!!

  • Kristina - You are such a perfect mom and I look up to you!
    I’m 17 and I hope one day I can have a family like you have.
    Sometimes I spend hours on your website and fantasize about how I would deal with all the things you do, how I will live when I grow up. I know I’m pretty young but I’m very sure (i decided this when I was 15 =D) that I want to adopt a child, too. Everyone I talked about this is against it b/c “I will never love it like my own childs”. But you show me that it’s possible. Actually I just wanted to thank you for running this blog! I check on it like everyday. I love your childs, they are so cute and I always look forward to read things about your little one =) okay I sound like a fangirl, I’m sorry. Keep going !
    PS: sorry for bad english.
    PPS: Do you have a job or do you dedicate all your time to your sweathearts?

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - These are darling.
    One of my best friends raised her own chickens for a while but had to give them to her mom (who is also her neighbor – just a little walk away) but they were great fun to be around and see grow. I don’t own our home as we are in a duplex, but if we ever do get our own home, I aspire to have chickens. Your kids are darling. Love the one of the chick on your son’s back.

  • jamie - i have enjoyed the book “free range chicken gardens” :) although ours are only PT
    we have 2 buffs, 2 barred rocks, and 2 aracaunas that are all different ages :) it’s a lot of fun!

  • mandy - oh my goodness! Adorable pics! They came out SO great! Our neighbor just had some pet ducks…. the kids and hubby are trying to convince me that they’d be the best pets ever! :)

  • AshleyAnn - Jamie – love that book. I read the whole thing in two days!

  • AshleyAnn - Kristina – thank you for your kind comment. I spend the majority of my days focused on my role at home. In regards to other work, I do spend time online related to my blog and photography workshops as well.

  • AshleyAnn - Alida – yep, blue and green eggs!

  • Alex - Chickens make a great addition to any photograph lol

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