Out of 13 eggs we had 2 hatch yesterday (day 21). The little black one is a cross between the Barred Rock hen and Buff Orphington Roo, and the light one is from either a RIR hen or our red Sex-Linked. We added them in with the lot of 10 serama bantam chicks I got from my uncle and they’re doing just fine. I know this is a lot of chickens but they’re all straight run and some of the hens are going to my cousin down the road along with a couple of they layers that we have now. We’re planning to keep our flock between 6-8 (with 3 serama bantams counting as one full-sized hen for space purposes.) We will update if any more hatch, but it’s looking like just these two.
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Most chickens look like the ones we find in grocery stores, but not Silkies. They’ve got black skin…and guess who is practicing his pathetic crow on a daily basis?
He had always been the biggest of our three Silkies so I can’t say that I’m surprised. What I’m still trying to figure out is if he is the only one. One of our Barred Rocks is a bit bigger than the other and (s)he has a slightly bigger comb than the other one. The rest of the girls(?) are doing really well. Here are some shots I took yesterday. Sorry for the lull in posting but it’s summer and I have three kids.
Now I suppose it’s just a waiting game to see if there are more crows before our backyard turns into a mobile slaughter house.
At 5 weeks old our little chicks are really feathering out. The Barred Rocks are the biggest and I’ll give you one guess who is smallest…
They’re starting to show some real personality and even Dinner is growing on me.
A few of them figured out how to climb up into the apple tree and have been roosting away up there. It was pretty cute, one of the Rhode Island Reds did it first and then it was the hot thing for about five minutes, all but the silkies were trying there little clawed foot at it. My husband wonders if they’ll fly the coop climbing up so high into the tree…what do you think?
Now if they will just figure out how to get back into the coop by themselves I’ll be happy.