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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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.