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Naming Chicks By The Grandbabes

Hi Friends,
This, I have to admit, is the funniest post I have ever written.
When we brought home our chicks from Murdoch's, we knew we would name them. However, naming things is something Hubby hates to do. With that in mind, I put the naming question out there to the Grandbabes! And yes, the chicks will keep those names! Grammy said so.

So here we go....

First there is  "Burn" a Rhode Island Red. Burn is a bit shy girl who likes to be rubbed under her chin. She is a burnt orange-red, more than that of Spice below. They both have red tipped beaks, but Burn's is a bit brighter. I think "Burn" is a great name for this chick! Granddaughter named these first two hens. These chickens will lay 5-7 eggs per week that are large and brown.
This type of chicken is only one of 3 chickens not native to the United States. Rhode Island Reds come from England.

And "Spice" is a Rhode Island Red, too!
I think it is very cute that these two girls really stick together. In the brood box, they hangout with each other, dine together and nap together. I think it is totally cute! Burn & Spice were from the same hatching.
Spice is the lighter one on the left.

Third is "Monster Truck Grave Digger"  Digger for short, an appropriate name for this chick as she loves to DIG!!! She is an Easter Egger, says Grandpa. Digger is the largest of the hens. She is quick, has large feet and she loves to try to fly out of the brood box!

We noticed that Digger has a puffy face and is totally cute!  "Digger" is an  Araucanas/Ameraucanas  or Easter Egger

Easter & Olive Egger Laying Eggs

Fifth is "Shark" an Araucanas/Ameraucanas or Easter Egger 
These are some examples of the eggs our Eight Sisters will lay.

These chickens are so named because they can lay a variety of colors! They lay eggs the color of Easter Eggs that we dye in the Springtime for Easter!  Each particular chicken will only lay one color egg her entire life, but each Easter Egger that you have in your brood could lay a different color egg each.  This is truly a mystery until she lays her first egg.

 Fifth is "Henny Penny" a Lakenvelder. Lakenvelder's are Heirloom Chicken Variety.

Henny Penny is laying under the heat lamp.
Henny Penny will look like the chicken on the right when she is fully grown. She will have a smaller red crown and gobbler. These chickens are a rare variety. She will lay a medium cream/white egg.

Sixth is "Flapper" a Partridge Rock Hen. This variety of chicken is also a Rare Breed. The Partridge Roch Chickens were first bread in the 1900's early in New England. These are calm and friendly chickens that love free-range, are hearty in cold and hot weather and lay large brown eggs.
Flapper is a bit camera shy!
Here Flapper is snuggling with Grammy.

"This is one of the best varieties for the exhibitor as it is quite rare and makes an outstanding show bird. The highly colored male has black hackle and saddle feathers with an edging of rich brilliant red, a lustrous greenish black breast and body touched with reddish bay on the wings. The females are completely different with their brown plumage and distinct pencilings of black following the outline of each feather. These are fairly good sized birds though not quite as large as their cousins, the Barred and White Rocks. The yellow skin and plump body make a nice eating fowl, and the hens lay brown eggs. The baby chicks are a rich dark brown resembling the color of an expensive fur coat."Back Yard Chickens.

Seventh is "Blue Bell"  A Blue Andalusian chicken.This breed will be vocal & sing chicky  songs a lot!

They are very tolerant, and will lay white eggs. These are rare birds that don't breed well, 50% of breeding eggs will have live chicks.

And Eighth is "Polish Princess"  The Black Polish White Crested Chicken. She is so named because of the white 'crown' on her head.
We are not sure how the crown will turn out when she is fully grown, but there are examples below. What a Fun Chicken!!

These last two are Bantam's and are the smaller breeds of chicken. This chicken will have a white "top hat" or crest. This bird is a great pet.  The Polish will lay about 200 white eggs per year per hen. This is a very  showy breed, friendly and the pride of the flock!

We are calling them the Eight Sisters. They are all laying hens and will be only for laying eggs.

Here is our first Chick-Flick! wink* wink*
Below is a great newsletter source for chicken information!

 Also check out The Backyard Chicken 
for information and forums on chickens, coops, feeding, breeding and more!

More fun photos to come! The back link below will take you to the Eight Sister's First day home on our backyard farm!


The chicks are here!


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