Welp, today was the final day of Chickam for this year, so we took pictures of the chicks, trimmed their wings, and flung the little stinkers outside. They'll stay in the small run today, go into the big run with the adults at dusk (darkness minimizes bullying since chickens can't see squat in the dark) and then tomorrow they'll get let loose in the yard with everyone else. Today is dark and thunderstormy, which my camera HATES--so apologies for the funky focus on some of the pictures.
So here, in the same order as their baby pics two months ago, are the chicks! No roosters yet that we know of...but Orpingtons and Brahmas are slow to mature so it might take a while to know for sure.
Arson, a hen (hopefully) hatched from eggs we got from our neighbor who runs a mixed flock of Dark & Light Brahmas, Salmon Faverolles, Australorp, and Barred Rocks. Time will tell what Arson turns out to be, but so far is looking very much like a dark Brahma--at least in part, she's kinda small. Arson was the only survivor of the chicks we hatched ourselves.
Such a cute face!
Feed store chicks next. All are pullets (hens) except for Mjolnir, who is a straight run (mixed hens/roos) chick.
Apricot, a Welsummer hen, who won the Queen of the Buttheads award during picture time hands-down.
Criminy, you'd think from those pictures that we were gonna eat her. Not that we weren't giving it some serious consideration at this point, because most of her pics look like this:
Here, Apricot practices her sneak:
Frittata, a Danish Brown Leghorn hen.
Anchoring herself by standing on her own feet.
Mjolnir (straight run, which means an unsexed batch of chicks, so time will tell if hen or roo!), a buff Orpington chick.
Bu Lu, a black Jersey Giant hen.
Bu Lu stayed true to form and kept trying to escape during picture time, so I got four or five pics of her like this:
These are two Smokey Pearl hens--a new breed for us. Don't know much about them, but they sure are pretty! Their first suit of real feathers came in white with a gray tinge, the random black streaks really came in. They keep the black as adults but their feathers will be a pretty gray-blue.
who has lovely slatey-grey legs (and skin!) and dark beak. Sesame apparently rolled in her food this morning, topping off her look with an alfalfa leaf stuck to the top of her beak.
Beautiful chick...with a green leaf stuck to her beak. *sigh...*
Yep, another picture that looks like it should come attached to a ransom note.
Lastly, here is Enkidu, our other Smokey Pearl hen. Interesting that her legs aren't dark like Sesame's are. The best behaved of the bunch today!
This was a rambunctious batch!