More Dutch Bantams

Two hens hatched baby cockerels after some unauthorized incubation of eggs.

One of the cockerels, Mighty, is really pretty but chases off blue jays and sparrows.   He almost died of an injury as a chick, but is now 100% healthy and recovered.  He also likes to chase loose feathers and his own tail.  (No pictures of the other cockerel right now.)

They also hatched two little pullets.

The pullets with their mother (their “grandma” hen is also helping raise them).

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2013 Photo Editing


The photo upload date of this says July 28, 2013.  When I wanted to make a nice front page for this blog . . . but only had Paint as a photo editing option.  This is made of numerous photos cut out with the eraser tool and pasted together.  It was very hard to do.  There are no transparent backgrounds or layers, so the instant you de-select an object it becomes impossible to move.  Needless to say, it now looks very fake.  It was the front page of my blog for about 6 months.  This picture’s one redeeming factor is picture of Friendly, a Khaki Campbell duck on the right (a rare photo of her).



 

A Long Time Ago and Very Far Away


This is a picture of my hen Sweetie raising chicks in 2010, in the only photo of her that still exists.  It was June 2010, and the chicks were having fun playing outdoors.  Flighty (chick on the right) laid champion eggs for many years.  She was a Cuckoo Marans.  Strangely enough, the name of the Marans breed is spelled the same way, “Marans,” whether referring to one bird or many birds.

 


 

Tiny Hen’s Chicks Grow Up!

Tiny Hen’s chicks are almost grown up now, and are roosting in the big coop!  This is a picture of them roosting on the gate about a month ago.  There are three cockerels, and four pullets.  Left to right: Tiny Hen II (Tiny Hen’s chick), Bluesy (Sparkles’ chick), and Chip (Sparkles’ chick), and Tiny Hen herself.  Her chicks are almost as big as she is!  Sparkles’ chicks have nice long tails, and Tiny Hen’s chicks have nice red combs and white earlobes.

This is Miracle Chick, their father, keeping an eye on the little roosters.  He has nice color and a sweet and calm temperament.  However, he does have one bent comb point from being trapped in his eggshell, and he has his tail partly molted out in this photograph.  He was champion in showmanship this year.  I think it’s rare to have a rooster well-behaved enough to win a showmanship class.  He did crow a lot at the show, trying to intimidate the other roosters.  His crow is fairly quiet, but somewhat shrill.  Only one of his chicks has tried to crow so far (his name is Zip).  My nice camera stopped working, so I will have to rely on lower-quality cell phone photos now.

Here is an old picture of Sparkles (mother of Bluesy and Chip) when she was their age!


Milford at the show this year.  The water bottle was there to help her cool off.


Sadly, we lost Milford to an owl in September.  She was an extremely sweet hen, and Overall Champion Single Comb Clean Legged Bantam at the show this year, and is greatly missed.  She was sitting on eggs that she had laid and carefully brooded for 17 days.  I found the eggs cold the one morning, and another nest of eggs cracked and eaten.  We quickly gave her nest to another hen, Blackbeak.  Miraculously, two of the six eggs hatched–they’re two tiny and beautiful pullets (not named yet).  Milford has a total of four descendents, since Millie also hatched two of her eggs a few months ago.  She hatched one cockerel, and one pullet (named Tip and Trixie).    


<– Milford’s mother: Clover, and father: Tick-Tock.  She looked a lot like her mother hen.

Tiny Hen’s Chicks

 

One of the chicks looking cute.


Tiny Hen’s chicks are growing up, and one is getting blue wing feathers.  One of the other Dutch, Sparkles, mus have laid an egg in her nest.  If it’s a blue rooster, I’m keeping it because it would be 100% unrelated to two of the Dutch hens, Beaky and Clover (but extremely related to Duchess).

Tiny Hen digging for her chicks (all seven of them).


The chicks can fly now, and are flying all over and play-fighting with each other.  They love to dig and eat bugs and worms.  There are definitely at least four cockerels, since four of them are getting black feathers in front already.  One looks like a pullet, since it’s getting cream-colored chest feathers.

Flying.


Sleepy in the sun.