The Bearded Lady
This Ameracauna hen just molted and now she has an enormous beard. I dig it. She’s in a pen currently, I’ll be moving her in with some young birds soon. She’s bottom of the pecking order with the older hens and they tend to bully her. Putting her in with young birds can give her a fresh start.
BIG WHITE PULLET* - Cross Easter Egger Roo and Light Brahma Hen
I’m very pleased with this little lady. She’s from my first hatch this year, she’s a wonderful cross of Ameracauna muff and beard, willow green legs, and Light Brahma size and patterning. Hopefully she’ll starting laying in the next week or two, and maybe, if I’m lucky her eggs will be olive green - fingers crossed.
*Pullet is a female chicken that has not begun laying eggs yet. Once she lays, she’ll become a hen. There will be a “flying up” ceremony, like we had in Brownies. :)
P.S. The butt, front-left is a Blue Cochin pullet, in case you were curious.
EASTER EGGERS - 6 weeks
These are the last of this year’s crop of chicks. Mostly EE’s and RI Reds, they are just 6 weeks old. The two pictured are among my favorites. The top is buff and blue - really pretty coloring. No muff, no beard. Interested to see what color eggs she lays. The bottom is just a really sweet girl. More classic Ameracauna coloring.
Naval Gazing Ameracauna (12 weeks)
I call this bird Foggybottom as she’s gray underneath ( Chicken folks call it “blue”). She hates me, or at least rarely comes close enough that I can touch her. But she spends a lot of time
naval gazing preening so I don’t have any good photos of her either.
I like her coloring. I haven’t had any “blue” in the flock and now have 4 birds with the blue gene. It doesn’t pass true from generation to generation—one’s more likely to get splash (black and white), black or white. The only blue rooster I have is a Silkie, which would be an odd pairing, and to be honest, I’m not certain that the fancy roosters even know how to breed properly.
She was sold to me by a hatchery as an Ameracauna (Aracuana cross) though she is likely an Easter Egger (anything/Ameracauna cross), she will lay colored eggs — pink, blue, green or olive depending on her parentage.
Tyrant — Easter Egger (5 weeks)
Tyrant is the only chick of a Golden Comet who has turned out to be a deplorable mother. She abandoned him at 4 weeks and has returned to laying. Now she pecks him whenever he comes near her. As a result, he spends a lot of time in small spaces by himself coming out at night to seek warmth from the other birds.
Luckily, it’s been hot.
Luckily, they tolerate him.
He’s coming along, and in another week or two when he’s feathered out, things will be easier. His feathering is a lovely light tan and black — not a color I have in my flock. Can’t wait to see what he looks like grown. He’s getting used to me and let’s me hold hm now without struggling or running off.
TYRANT CHICK SAY HI, Happy Saturday!
This chicks cracks me up. It was an abandoned egg that was peeping so I stuck it and another under this broody Cinnamon Queen (GSL) hen. I didn’t think it would make it but what a little tyrant it’s been so far. Not even 24 hours old it was running with the 3 weeks old chicks in this heat wave. I had to keep rounding it up and putting back with the Mama hen so that they would bond. She’s on a few more eggs so she can’t leave to run after Jr.
I have found this little one to be full of personality, so this photo of it “waving” mid-step is perfect. Hope your weekend is going well.
MIXED BAG CHICKS - 2 weeks old
These are my mixed chicks, they are getting BIG, FAST. I have three roosters: a Brahma, an Ameracauna (EE) and a Danish Brown Leghorn (DBL)…there’s NO Brahma showing up in the group, it’s all DBL and EE mix. They are really cute, not at all the dinosaurs that my last batch of chicks resembled. Yay! Still not sure of males and females but the tall one, likely a roo.
Of the three below - L to R: EE who is a little weird looking at the start but likely to be very pretty later, Black Barred Rock (center), DBL (right).
No idea what breed most of these guys are. I’m trying to get help IDing the little buggers. The one in the food dish with the green legs is an Easter Egger, there are 4 of these in the group, and some Brown Leghorns. They sure are cute…
COUPLA CHICKS - Danish Brown Leghorn (L) and Easter Egger (R)
The chick on the left has “chipmunk markings” — about half of the chicks have these - the most interesting is one of the blond chicks, on her the markings are the same but in differing shades of gold.
The bird on the right is a pretty typical Easter Egger. No matter what color and pattern, EEs have a distinctive hawk-like look when grown that I dig. They also lay pink, green or blue tinted eggs which is fun. Most of them come in colors and patterns that I call “men’s suiting material.”
My Ameracauna Roo - his genes are most prevalent in the chicks that have been hatching out so far. Depending on the hen, we may have some interesting colored eggs. My other roos are a Montague, a Danish Brown Leghorn, and Sheldon a dopey Buff Brahma (there is no sign of him in these chicks). These are all streets that lie between my house and the feed store.
EASTER EGGER ROO
I had newly hatched chicks when I went past the feed store and they had a kiosk of chicks out front. I was waiting for the hay/feed guy to bring out my order when I decided to splurge on a few chicks as well. I favor Easter Eggers as they look like a hawk-like version of just about anoy other breed, and they lay colored eggs - blue, green or pink.
I’d started chosing chicks when the guy finished loading my car. He came over and chose this chick. It was mostly white and I thought it would grow up to be boring to look at. I also thought it would be a hen, since they were only selling hen chicks. So, not so much.
He’s beautiful, prettier than this photo shows and has a lovely rose comb. All of his dark feathers are iridescent and he has a LOT of color on the rest of his body. I’m curious to see what his progeny will look like, and they will likely lay colored eggs depending on the hen.
Sure, he not what I expected, he’s exceeded that already. I was at the feed store today and I thanked the guy who chose him for me.
AMERACAUNA PULLET* - 18weeks old
I just love the markings on this bird. And since i”m having a shitty Monday, I thought that I’d let her brighten up my dashboard, the same way she brightens up my yard. I know that my friends think I’m chicken crazy, but I can’t tell you how peaceful and calming it has been having these little teeny-tiny dinosaurs wandering around the place.
*Pullet is just the name for a chicken that is not laying eggs yet. When she lays, her eggs will be green/blue or pink. And she sill be a hen. :)
A TOUGH DAY ON THE MICRO-FARM
Here’s our Ameracauna hen Orange Blossom, so named by Kevin’s seven year old niece, Ivana. Orange Blossom died today at about 7 months old. Sadly, she wasn’t built properly for egg-laying and there really wasn’t anything that could be done to help her. She laid large, beautiful, blue eggs that were just too big for her body to handle.
She was a really beautiful, if somewhat flighty bird. The bird beside her is Mrs. Bossypants, they were raised together and an inseparable pair. Bossypants stayed with her until the end. RIP Orange Blossom, you will be missed. ©Qdesign/Laura Quick
This is Smokyback, the hen that started laying blue eggs earlier this week. She’s an “easter egger” mutt, witch some Aracauna DNA which shows up in colored eggs. From the chicken list I learned the following info.
- The pattern on her feathers is called “duckwing” - I have no idea why.
- The dark color is melanistic overlay - meaning dark color laying over more the more traditonal light patterning—like a black panther is black over a spotted coat. Oh, and her feathers are irridescent, like an oil slick.
- Some people are STICKLERS on hen ID - Apparently she’s a lesser specimen because she doesn’t have feathers growing out of her ears. or a beard and muff…for my part I’m excited to see her cool blue eggs.
This morning I went in the feed the birds, and heard the distinctive call of a hen laying an egg. I look around and everyone seems to be accounted for and is minding their own business, going about life as usual. I do a quick count and realize that the hen above is “missing”. Since the greenhouse is fully enclosed, I know she’s in here somewhere, but where? I look for a good 5-10 minutes skipping the inverted basket stuck in the corner which I believe that ONLY the quail can get into.
Finally I move the basket exposing the squawking hen, who is not at all glad to see me. She waddles off in a huff leaving two eggs - one blue (but cold so not from today) and one brown…which means that two hens have been using spot in the previous 24 hours. As I’m leaving I see her make a beeline for the back corner. 15 minutes later I return, she’s scratching around with her pals. I tip the basket and there’s a beautiful sky blue egg - still warm.
Things that make me happy on a rainy Monday…include:
- my hens finally starting to lay eggs. The eggs pictured have all been collected since Friday. The brown eggs are from my Buff Brahmas, the blue is from an the prettiest hen I have, a partridge marked Aracauna mix with iridescent black sheen, the white is by request, a store-bought egg for size comparison :)
- our dog doesn’t have a brain tumor, but she does have a brain (we weren’t sure) and now she’s down two teeth and is miserable, but she’s finally diagnosed and she’s her way back to being healthy
- the STOOPID account exec I’ve been gritting my teeth to work with with has been reassigned, YEAH! I can finally move the project forward now, since the client and I are have been on the same page from the start and stuck working with this chick who is really CLUELESS when it comes to project management and communication
- Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and Kevin has offered to make me dinner down on the boat. Yeah! Don’t know where our relationship is going, don’t care, just plan to have fun, and wine. There will be wine…