Tiny Hen’s Chicks!

Tiny Hen’s chicks are now all grown up!

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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.

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.



 

Meet “Chicklet”! (Cream Light Brown Pullet)

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).



 

Meet Tiny Hen! (Cream Light Brown Hen)

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).


 

Meet Sparkles! (Blue Cream Light Brown Hen)

Sparkles is one of last year’s hatch of twelve chicks.  For some reason the eggs had an extremely low hatch rate last year, and a very high hatch rate this year.  She was hatched in an incubator, and raised in a brooder with four other incubator-hatched chicks.  Out of that hatch, there were two cockerels and three pullets.

She was the only Blue Cream Light Brown to hatch (out of that group), and she’s one of the sweetest chickens ever.  All the chicks grew up to be show-quality and extremely beautiful.  Sparkles is going to be shown this year, and her mother, Duchess, was 3rd out of 32 birds overall (large fowl and bantam), and best Single Comb Clean Legged bantam.  Her father, Tick-Tock, received a blue danish at both shows he attended.  Her brother, Bluesy, is a beautiful Blue Cream cockerel (hatched out of a different batch of eggs, and now at his new home).

Sparkles has tried to hatch eggs twice this year, and 100% of the Dutch hens have gone broody.  This breed seems to be very good at sitting on eggs and raising chicks.

Sparkles a few days ago (it’s hard to get a photo of her because she runs around so fast).


The incubator she hatched out of ^


Over the next few days, meet the rest of last year’s hatch!


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Summer Chicks

Tiny Hen, a Cream Light Brown Dutch bantam hen, hatched seven tiny chicks.  It was a successful hatch, with 100% hatch rate, and 100% of the chicks survived.  The last chick had a rough hatch, since she had moved off the egg and the egg had dried out.  Luckily the chick made it out after being put under another broody hen, Owly.

cream light brown Dutch Bantam hen and chicks

 


Owly


 

Wild Barn Swallows built this nest and hatched their chicks.


 

Another hatch from this summer–Wattles, hatched by Spicy (a full-sized Speckled Sussex hen).  She’s a Cream Light Brown pullet.

And Duchess, Beaky, and Clover hatched one chick, named Chicklet.  They were extremely happy to finally hatch an egg, and spend hours looking after their chick.  (Pictures coming soon).


Interesting fact: Duchess, Beaky, Clover and Tick-Tock are the grandparents of this year’s chicks.


Goodbye Tick-Tock: Spring 2015 – 2016.  An illness took him in late December of 2016, and he is missed very much.