Every breath you take
Every peep you make
I’ll be watching you

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OK. I’m exhausted. I watched almost all day yesterday. I didn’t get any work done. Then I was up all night. Watching. Worrying. Waiting. Wondering.

I need some help.

I’m looking for volunteers, but if no one steps up, I’ll start assigning shifts. Believe me, it’s better to volunteer, or you’ll get stuck with the 2 AM – 5 AM shift.

I’d also like the person who Tweeted the link to step forward. You know who you are. Yes, I admit, I Tweeted back, all smug and superior: “Thank god for the Internet. How empty my life would be without a live chicken cam!”

How empty indeed.

I’m eating those words now. They are almost as tasty as a plate of delicious scrambled eggs.

Won’t someone please help? It only takes one simple click. See those big words below? Yes. Click there. I promise, it won’t take but a second. One click . . . go on . . . yes, there you go . . .


GOTCHYA! Now, while you watch them (and oh, yes, you WILL watch them), please torture yourself with these thoughts:

  • Why do they move as a unit?
  • Is that container big enough?
  • Are they getting enough sleep?
  • Are idiots walking by and tapping on the glass?
  • Are they using their winglets yet?
  • Is it wrong to be hungry for scrambled eggs?

And the question that has been bugging me the most:

  • Can they see US?

You may turn in your observation notes at the end of your shift. Include all pertinent information, such as how much sleep the chicks are getting, whether that one with the beady eyes is hogging all the food, and any and all winglet activity.

Thank you for helping to watch the chicks. I’m going back to bed now.

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41 Responses to “I’m Watching the Chicks”

  1. 1 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I watched! I watched! I observed that they seem to enjoy the very bright light. Also, they stepped all over each other, but they did not peck each other. Oh, and their legs look like orange toothpicks.

    Daisy the Curly Cat’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Mirror Images

  2. 2 flit

    yes, those are baby chicks.

    one of them seems to be quite the bully – that bears further watching, perhaps.

    I am surprised that Daisy didn’t seem to get hungry.

  3. 3 biffybeans

    It’s “Off air” I think that means they are all dead. The iguana escaped from 4th graders aquarium and came and acted all Godzilla-like and messed them baby chicks up like they was nuthin’.

    biffybeans’s last blog post..Inky Tissues : Side Effects of Filling a Fountain Pen

  4. 4 Susan

    OK, I admit it, I tweeted the link. But mainly because I really did want JD to watch them so that I didn’t have to. Even she can’t handle it alone!

    I don’t even want to think about how much time I wasted yesterday watching those things. Be warned–you will get sucked in. Then you’ll keep checking back, you swear it’s just for a second to see what they are up to, next thing you know it’s been 10 minutes.

    I swore I wasn’t going to check on them from the office today, but maybe a little peek wouldn’t hurt….

    Susan’s last blog post..Indoor Gardening Isn’t Really My Thing

  5. 5 Kevin

    I clicked. I was greeted with an “Off Air” message.

    Is it too early to be assuming the worst?

    Kevin’s last blog post..Milkman!

  6. 6 Ilana

    Holy Lord, that is weirdly compelling video. It feels a little voyeuristic, and I’m watching it with 9 other people, which is just plain creepy. But they’re just so cute, with their little wings and their little legs and their little beaks!! I can’t look away!!!!!!

    Ilana’s last blog post..Part V: My Favorite Things

  7. 7 Kevin

    They’re back! Thank you for letting me know.

    I was worried there for awhile. I guess I don’t need this map of Pennsylvania for the rescue mission, anymore. I can probably get rid of the supplies, the flare gun and the GPS tracking devices.

    I certainly don’t need this harpoon anymore.

    Kevin’s last blog post..Milkman!

  8. 8 Stephanie

    Sorry, I’ve already watched my full quota of chicks. I was raised on several different farms. I’m very grateful you’ve been watching them so I don’t have to.

    Let me know if you want to, instead, watch a precocious five-year-old who squirrels untold tons of food in his room so his one-year-old sister can’t steal it or a precocious one-year-old who has reached the point where she’ll put anything in her mouth and commands everyone she knows with her three word vocabulary and her irresistable grin.

    Let me know.

    Stephanie’s last blog post..Moon Colony – Why Bother?

  9. 9 Jeff

    Wait a minute… I was all geared up to watch some chicks on the internet and when I clicked on the link all I get was some dumb baby chickens in a box. What a scam!

    Jeff’s last blog post..Know your blogger: The Jeff Lee Quiz

  10. 10 The Incredible Woody


    The Incredible Woody’s last blog post..Where Are We Going?

  11. 11 The Incredible Woody

    Ok – there is one insane chick in there that keeps jumping and raising a ruckus. The others would be nice and settled if not for that one crazy chick! I’ve named her Twitch.

    The Incredible Woody’s last blog post..Where Are We Going?

  12. 12 Jaffer

    There is a huge difference between
    ‘I am watching chicks’ and
    ‘I am watching the chicks’

    Anyway JD, interesting observations. I did notice they jump together all at once and in the same direction !

    Oh darn, the stream is frozen now. Will continue observation in a future time slot.

    Jaffer’s last blog post..Did I Win ?! Did I Win ?!

  13. 13 Tiggy

    This is more exciting than Big Brother! I just hope these chicks don’t get above themselves and start acting like showbiz divas.

    Tiggy’s last blog post..Tiggy’s Sexy Hugh Laurie Anecdote

  14. 14 Grace

    Okay – I looked. Decided on poached eggs over corned beef hash for dinner. Thanks for dinner suggestion.

    Grace’s last blog post..Awww Mondays

  15. 15 JD

    Daisy the Curly Cat: Thank you, Daisy, for those eggcellent observations. Do you think you and Harley could take a midnight shift? Without getting hungry?

    flit: I think I’ve picked out a bully, too, or at least a troublemaker. It’s the one who pops up just as the others are asleep. I agree: Daisy is quite the professional and shows incredible restraint.

    biffybeans: Nooooo!!! They’re alive, they’re alive! Wouldn’t you know the darn thing would go off-air as soon as I write a post telling everyone to go look.

    Susan: A HA! I knew it was you, but I didn’t want to “out” you. Junk Drawer Kathy has been sucked in as well. I wonder who else will get absolutely nothing done today . . .

    Kevin: Yes! Too early! Do not assume the worst! The chicks are fine. I don’t know why the video went off-air—maybe there were too many concerned viewers?

    Ilana: I know! It’s not like I’ve never seen baby chicks before. My first thought was, Oh, cute. Now onto something else. Well, wait. That one just fell over. And that one is falling asleep! And so on. . .

    Kevin: You’re welcome! Yes, please put away the harpoon, for god’s sake. The chicks are OK, everyone! I’d hang on to the map and GPS device, just in case, tho.

    Stephanie: You’re relieved from Chick Watch. You already do WAY more than your share around here. I’m not sure I can withstand the irrestistable grin of a precocious one-year-old. I’m having enough trouble with these darn chicks!

    Jeff: HA! See, that’s how I draw you in. I know your weak spots.

    The Incredible Woody You’re welcome! Yes, yes! I know exactly which one you mean. Twitch is a great name. Now we just need to name the others.

    Jaffer: Thank you for your observations! Yes, they do seem to move together all at the same time. I wonder why that is. If I’m ever hanging out, “watching chicks,” I’ll be sure to let you and Jeff know.

    Tiggy: They might. I’ve noticed one already whose bits have been pixellated. Next comes the drunken shaving party.

    Grace: As long as you’re not having fried chicken, I’m cool.

  16. 16 C.B.Jones

    If they can see me, they’ll be watching a dude wearing a Skeletor mask. For some reason, I feel compelled to bookmark that site and visit it daily.

    Not saying I’ll accept the offer to take mandatory shifts to watch somebodies future dinner(I heard that 6 baby chicks make 3 McNuggets), just saying I’m tempted.

    C.B.Jones’s last blog post..Captain Planet LIVES!

  17. 17 babs - beetle

    Oh I was watching them and they were all moving all over the place, and suddenly they all, yes ‘all together’ fell asleep standing up! They slowly sank down……… Poo! They’re all awake again!

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Well I listened

  18. 18 Lin

    Biffybeans’ comment cracked me up!! What a buzzkill for the school kids when they learn of the future of those little puffballs.

    I remember going to the petting zoo at the local zoo and asking what happens to all the baby goats, guinea pigs, chickens, ducklings, etc when they grow up. The keeper just kinda looked at me like “Please don’t ask me that in front of your kids”. I was so bummed after that. Now I can’t look at those poor little animals in the eye anymore at petting zoos.

    Here’s another addicting site:

    It’s the Atlanta zoo Panda cam. It’s great when they have a new baby panda that you can watch for hours.

    Lin’s last blog post..The Line Police

  19. 19 babs - beetle

    I’m back. It looks like torture to me. Do they ever get to sleep? Each time one goes to sleep it’s woken by another! Poor little chickies :O(

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Well I listened

  20. 20 Kathy

    OK, so now we know to blame Susan. As Lin said, it’s best not to think too hard about the chicks’ future. I Facebooked the cam and someone told me they were likely to die and that’s what happens around Easter. But I’m praying that because school children are following them that they won’t be discarded carelessly. I can’t imagine no one would care for them into adulthood, right? Right?

    I did check in on them this morning and the mass was sleeping for a bit, and by a “bit” I mean longer than 10 seconds. Do they ever get into REM sleep???

    Kathy’s last blog post..Let’s Play!

  21. 21 Regan

    I watched! They were all asleep. Is it wrong that I’m eating chicken nuggets while watching this?

    Oh, and I’ll take any shift that isn’t 7 am – 4 pm or 9 pm – 7 am

    What happens when they all grow up? Will there be new chicks to watch?

    Regan’s last blog post..Girl Scout Cookies

  22. 22 absepa

    When I checked in, they were all looking very intently at something on the bottom of the container, in the corner. What could it be? What would attract the (limited) attention of a whole flock of baby chicks? I need to know!

    absepa’s last blog post..A Lame Post is Better Than No Post, Right?

  23. 23 JD

    C.B. Jones: Oh, I knew someone was going to bust out a McNuggets joke. No one is touching those chicks. Don’t forget: I’m watching. If anyone so much as plucks one tiny feather . . . !

    babs – beetle: I know, I know! Just when you think they’re finally going to get some sleep, someone pops up, and . . . they’re all up!

    Lin: UGH! I want to see the pandas. The site is telling me I have to download something, which I did. I’ll try it again tomorrow. Thanks for the link. I’ll tell you what happens to all those baby animals: they all go to a farm and live together forever. And that’s what’s going to happen to these chicks, too.

    babs – beetle: This has been driving me crazy. Tho they do seem to get more sleep in the evening.

    Kathy: They’re not going to die or get eaten or flushed down a toilet. They are going to the Happy Animal Farm where they will live FOREVER. Got it?

    Regan: Yes, it’s wrong. Put down those McNuggets! They’re bad for you anyway. Why not enjoy a meatless Egg and Cheese Croissandwich from Burger King? OK, you’re signed up for 7-4. I’m assuming you’ll tell your mom you’re sick. I hope they bring in some new chicks after these go to the Happy Animal Farm. To live forever.

    absepa: Hmmm. Dang. I wish there was an email address we could ask questions. Of course, they probably anticipated that weirdos like us would obsess over every little movement and bug them with 1,000 emails a day.

  24. 24 Natural

    i peeked at the chicks and sorry, i ain’t watchin’. i’m going to bed. i hope the little guys live.

    i think they are sleeping now anyway.

    Natural’s last blog post..E is for Episode

  25. 25 Juliet

    I think you’re pulling my leg. Chicks? What chicks? I see little balls of yellow fluff. They’re all lined up and if you squint your eyes and lean back they kind of look like a bunny. Wait. Is that one …moving?

    Juliet’s last blog post..Men of the Family

  26. 26 Juliet

    Oh no. I’m completely addicted already. I keep clicking over and looking to see if they moved.

    And then I nearly flipped out cuz that bright spot that you can’t really make anything out MOVED and it looked like tubes and I thought there was a snake in there that was going to eat the chicks.

    Then on the far left it look like an itty bitty alien head popped up and I thought, “When did I get high?” only to finally discover that a chick had woke up in the bright light spot and that’s why everything looked funny. (The alien head was the chicks reflection in the glass.)

    Still…I got heart palpitations and everything.

    Juliet’s last blog post..Men of the Family

  27. 27 Regan

    No! They’re not from McDonalds! I hate McDonalds. I made these ones at my house. I’m guessing it doesn’t make it any better. And I can’t do 7-4. I can do 4-7, though. :D

    Regan’s last blog post..Girl Scout Cookies

  28. 28 flit

    they are not sleeping.

    Shouldn’t they be sleeping?

    Perhaps someone should turn out that bright light and let them get some sleep?

    Graduate students are not supposed to have time to watch the darn chicks, I think!!!! You are corrupting me!

  29. 29 Puglette

    I looked at the little chickens. they are cute little fluffy things. :o)

    it doesn’t look like they get much sleep…maybe if they turned off the light! but i know that’s their heater too.

    my parents tried to raise chickens when i was a child. they didn’t work out..racoons seemed to like them too. :o(

    Puglette’s last blog post..Signs of Spring and I Buy Tomato Trees So You Don’t Have To

  30. 30 D at Seafoodpunch

    aww…i was waiting for one of them to fall on their bottoms. it only makes sense because they always come so close….they are so bottom heavy. i want to squish one and snuggle it…and then walk around with one in my shirt pocket.

    D at Seafoodpunch’s last blog post..Blame My Mother…

  31. 31 Tippy

    We did the same project when I was in 7th grade…none of them hatched…so after class the teacher opened them WHILE I WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE!!!!!

    It’s been about 25 years since 7th grade and I can still see that sad little dead chicks foot sticking out of the egg! *quiet sobbing*

    Did I mention that I’m a vegetarian now??

    On a happier note, these chicks look all fluffy and alive, but I have to wonder, after they aren’t all cute and yellow, where do they go??? WHERE???

  32. 32 Tippy

    OMG!!!!…I think one is dead…no, wait…it just moved…phew!!

    Sorry…my PTCS (Post Traumatic Chick Syndrome) makes me over-react sometimes!

  33. 33 JD

    Natural: You’re off the hook—for now. But only because the video is down. I expect you to report for duty today at noon. No excuses.

    Juliet: Hee! Excellent. My plan is working perfectly. I love your observation notes, too. Highly detailed yet hilarious. But if indeed you do think you are high, please make a note of that, is it will affect the outcome of the study.

    flit: Their lack of sleep really bothers me. And now the video is down and I can’t WATCH them! I don’t have time for this, either, so—I’m sorry, but you all have to do your part.

    Puglette: Ohhh. Luckily there don’t seem to be any raccoons around these chicks. But, see, THAT’s why we all have to watch! 24/7!

    D at Seafoodpunch: I want a Pocket Chick, too. Can you imagine what a good stress reliever it would be? Having a small ball of fluff to squish and snuggle? They always seem to fall forward, don’t they. Right onto their little beaky heads.

    Tippy: Oh, how traumatic! Why would a teacher be so cruel??? Talk about scarred for life. But don’t worry about these chicks. As I’ve said earlier, I’m sure they will go to the Happy Animal Farm with all the other former baby animals, where they will live in peace and harmony FOREVER. And. . . HAW! PTCS. Yes, I’m suffering from that as well.

    Regan: No. Next time just make then without the chicken. Just . . . fried bread? Yes, that sounds delicious. OK, I’ve got you signed up for 4-7.

  34. 34 Trade Show Guru

    hey JD,
    Am I the only one that saw your post title ( I get emails notifications of new posts here) and thought you were going to a Dixie Chicks concert? Then I clicked through and first saw the scrambled eggs picture, and though, “OK, so JD doesn’t like the Dixie Chicks.”
    Oh well. I tried the link but got “off air” but I’ll be checking back! Sounds addicting. ~ Steve, the confused trade show guru

    Trade Show Guru’s last blog post..two quick jokes

  35. 35 MomZombie

    Hmm, when I clicked over I got mooned by a whole row of chick butts! Wasn’t there something like this on the net a while ago with a box full of puppies?

    MomZombie’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  36. 36 Bingo people

    I watched them and most of them are sleeping but there are 2 or 3 that are up, they are so cute, I love them.

    Bingo people’s last blog post..Luck of the Irish Tourney Winners

  37. 37 Puglette

    ok, i did a chicky check and they were all sleeping! i needed to see that, i was so worried about their lack of sleep!

    i had such a craptastic day at work, i am so pleased to see sleepy chickadees.

    Puglette’s last blog post..Signs of Spring and I Buy Tomato Trees So You Don’t Have To

  38. 38 dcr

    Poor things. They start to nod off, then someone starts watching them on the camera and wakes them up. Every time a bell rings, a chick can’t fall asleep!

    dcr’s last blog post..Footprints in the Sky

  39. 39 Tim

    I’m with Steve – I thought you were going to the Dixie Chicks. Now instead, I see you are trying to put me off of hotwings with your mental propaganda. Well, I am not going to watch your precious chicks anymore!
    And of course they aren’t discarded after Easter. They are still way too bite sized for their intended purpose….
    Dang it! Now you got me thinking about it again!

    Tim’s last blog post..Site Build It Debacle Has IMers in an Uproar

  40. 40 babs - beetle

    Oh no! It’s gone off air. Do you think someone died?

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Well I listened

  41. 41 JD

    Trade Show Guru: I hope you weren’t too disappointed. I’m not a big fan of the Dixie Chicks, but I’m a huge fan of CHICKS! (The yellow fluffy kind.) The video is down today, too. I’m sure it’s a technicality, right? Nothing happened to the chicks, RIGHT?

    MomZombie: Yes, the Shiba Inu puppies (now with commercials!) I’ve been trying to find a kitten one, but if I do, any hope of getting work done is gone forever.

    Bingo people: I’m glad to hear they’re getting some sleep. Those poor chickies seem to be constantly bopping around.

    Puglette: PHEW! I am relieved. And I’m so glad the sleeping chicks brought you some much-needed peace.

    dcr: I know, exactly! Maybe we should all leave them alone? No, it’s impossible.

    Tim: Don’t ever mention hot wings and baby chicks in the same comment AGAIN! Those tiny, feathery winglets will grow to be big, strong chicken wings that will be used for flapping around the Happy Animal Farm. NOT FOR EATING.

    babs – beetle: NO! Don’t even think that!!! They’re fine. They’re just, um, having their feathers trimmed. THEY’RE FINE!


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