I got chickens! Months of begging paid off! Well, that and I think my husband felt guilty because he broke his leg and I have to take care of him, our son, and all the errands and household duties now.
I don't care! I got chickens! What better present for Mother's Day than more little babies?
All of these chicks are Silkies. They are a bantam (small) chicken with feathers that look more like fur. They are silly-looking, but they are supposed to be really sweet and docile, which is what I wanted for Sam's sake.
It's fun to see their personalities emerging so far. Hazel is the leader, always the first to come investigate the fresh food and water and generally boss the other chicks around. Gerty is fairly timid, but she seems smart to me. She is more alert than the others, always checking things out. She's already got the start of a magnificent poof too. Ginger is a dark horse. I felt sorry for her at first because she is the smallest and seemingly the lowest in the pecking order. Yet when I start to give them treats in the form of roly polys and cilantro, she is ruthless. She is always the first to snatch something up and she will steal something from one of the other chicks nearly twice her size. Little Edie is probably my favorite. She is very calm when I hold her and often takes a little nap.
And on Saturday...I got one more.
When I originally got my chicks, this one made it into the box, but I put her back because she didn't seem to be able to keep her balance like the others. I wanted healthy chicks so that I could start this chicken thing off right. I couldn't stop thinking about her though and I regretted leaving her behind. I had to go back to the feed store for a few supplies and I told myself that if she was still there and appeared healthy, I would take her home.
I'm really glad I was able to take the yellow chick home. It had been kind of weighing on me and now I can just enjoy having my chickens. She's a sweetheart too. A bit skittish in the cage, but as soon as I pick her up, she immediately falls asleep for a long time. I was worried about her at first because she was so tiny (even compared to the petite Ginger in the pic above), but she is holding her own. I don't think she has gotten an inch away from the food dish since I got her, so I think she'll get up to size soon enough. She's fitting in well too and I haven't noticed any of the larger chicks bullying her.
Jimmy was not surprised by the addition, but he wasn't upset about it. I did have to promise to re-home any of the chickens if they turned out to be roosters though. Silkies are notoriously hard to sex so I probably won't know until they lay an egg or crow. I hope that I have at least 3 hens. My money is on Gerty and Hazel being roosters since they're so much bigger. I guess we'll have to wait and see though.
I've been having fun imagining what color they will be once they're grown. Here's a chart of the different Silkie colors and you can see how ridiculously poofy they're going to get.
I'm guessing Gerty and Hazel will be partridge, Ginger will be buff, and the unnamed chick will be white. Little Edie is a mystery. She is yellow on her face and chest and gray everywhere else. I'm guessing blue (i.e. gray), but I could be wrong. I named her after Little Edie from Grey Gardens. Because she might be gray, get it? Nyuk, nyuk.
Anyone want to help me name the yellow chick? I was thinking Pearl at first because it's an old lady name like the others and she'll be white as an adult, but I don't really like it. I want her to have a bit of a different name since she is my second chance chick. No, wait. I thought of the perfect name. Starbuck. I've never read Moby Dick, but I am a huge X-Files fan and that was the nickname that Scully's father gave to her. Still, send me your name suggestions so that I can make fun of them.
Thanks for letting me rattle on about chickens for...807 words. I know it's of little interest to most people, but it's a dream come true for me.