These were my first chickens, two Buff Orpington hens. Pictured: Henny (left) and Chickie (right). They were both very sweet and beautiful, and lived to fairly old ages for a chicken. Henny lived to be nine years old. Pictured below is Henny when she was eight years old (she is standing on one foot scratching her beak).
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.
“Millie, a bantam hen. She is the smallest in the flock and has her own roost up high up in the coop where the other hens can’t fly up and peck her. One year, she helped hatch three tiny ducklings.”
A reprint of my first-ever post! (It was published in December of 2012!)
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 bantams overall, 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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My favorite kind of chicken is a Dutch Bantam. They’re so tiny. After owning and showing chickens for a long time, I wanted to find something really show-quality. But who knew that Dutch Bantams were so rare and hard to find?
Apparently most of them have some other breed crossed in, like Old English Game Bantams or Bantam Leghorns. This improves the birds’ color, but they’re no longer show-type. Dutch Bantams are small, weighing only 18 to 21 ounces, and are supposed to be flighty but tamable. The next challenge is finding birds in a standard color. Most of them seem to be non-APA-approved colors, like millie fleur or buff.
Old English Game Bantams are beautiful, look a lot like Dutch, and are less rare. Mine is the sweetest little bird ever. But there’s one problem: The roosters’ combs need to be cut off for show–not something I’m willing to do. I don’t know if there is a such thing as a pure Dutch Bantam in America. But if there is, I’m going to try to find it.
Panther, the missing chicken.
Last night, a chicken named Panther didn’t come back to the coop. Maybe she was scared of the neighbors’ fireworks, which were being set off right next to the coop. Or else she got eaten by an owl. We searched all over and couldn’t find her–there are a lot of places that chickens can hide in. All the others were in the coop asleep. It was dark outside, so it was hard to look for her. Eventually, after a lot of worrying, we locked the coop and decided that Panther had either been eaten by a predator or was hiding somewhere.
Panther didn’t come back to the coop.
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After forgetting about this blog for 2.5 years, I have decided to start writing on it again. This year’s chicks are Puffin, Spicy, Della, Fluffy Tail, Griffin, Icy, and Ivy. The first batch of five chicks we raised in a brooder. The last two, Puffy and Spicy, are being raised by a hen.
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Puffy and Spicy with Black Beak.
Left to right: Della, Griffin, Icy, and Ivy. Fluffy Tail is not in the picture.