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.
Sleepy in the sun.
Chicklet in her chick plumage. She still has down on her head.
Chicklet was the only chick hatched by Duchess, Beaky, and Clover. She doesn’t seem to be lonely, since she has three mother hens watching over her and feeding her. She’s very sweet and calm, and loves to eat berries.
Chicklet with her mother hens (they’re molting right now).
Tiny Hen hid a nest this summer under a chicken feeder. She had apparently been preparing her nest for some time before sitting, since she had many of her own eggs. Her chicks were somewhat of a surprise hatch, because no one thought her eggs were any good for hatching. They hatched on around 7/16/17. Unfortunately, it appears that she managed to hatch nearly 100% cockerels–she must have gotten the incubation temperature just right!
New pictures of her chicks coming soon (they have wing feathers now, and are starting to fly).