April 19th was chick day! And yesterday was freedom day for those little cuties! We ordered 10 this year and for the first time did not lose any....YAY!!!
To our flock we added Light Brahmas, Black Giants and Araucanas. The Light Brahmas are a wonderful friendly chicken with feathers on their feet. Black Giants are a heavy breed chicken who lay eggs all year round (most chickens don't lay very well if it's too hot or in the winter). Both Brahmas and Blacks eggs are brown. Araucanas originated in Chile and are sometimes called the 'Easter Egg Chicken' because they lay greenish blue eggs. The hens are nice enough but the roosters are some of the meanest one's I've ever come across...therefore we only have hens :-)
In addition to our chickens we have 3 call ducks. Unfortunately they are all males...need to buy a couple females. I enjoy their quacking. When I first released the new chicks from their pen into general population one Brahma (the white little girl) was NOT afraid at all. As a matter of fact she wanted to be friends with the duckies. At first the duckies were fascinated that she was the same size as them and then decided they were afraid of her...it was funny watching her walk after them as if to say "aw come one...can't we be friends?".
The new ones won't start laying eggs until fall, it usually takes until their at least 20 weeks old. But that's ok...just in time for holiday baking!