|S, age 3-ish, with a newly hatched chick|
This year, Jake of Tour de Cluck put me in contact with some people who were organizing a chick purchasing co-op. The minimum order from most hatcheries is 25 chicks. Our city has a limit of 6 hens per household, so combining orders is a way to get a specific mix of breeds in smaller numbers.
The chicks arrived yesterday morning with feathers beginning to show at their wingtips—if memory serves, that would put them at 3-4 days old.
|a little Rhode Island Red|
S, now much older than he was in the top photo but still a softie when it comes to baby animals, picked out a fluffy Buff Orpington.
Ameraucanas, by comparison, despite laying those beautiful green eggs, are usually skittish birds who only lay well for the first year or so.
But I can't resist a pastel green egg, and C asked specifically for more Ameraucanas this year.
The breed that is new to me is the Wyandotte. I've always loved their feather patterns and decided to take advantage of the purchasing co-op to get a few. I'll try to post pictures here as the feathers grow in.