So recently… this happened.
It all started with something called “Chick Day” at our local feed store. It’s a day that is apparently popular with the folks around here because there were about a hundred people in that store when I walked in! The line wound around the chilly warehouse. Chicken-themed music echoed around the place. A giant dancing chicken (man in a suit) made its way through the crowd, keeping people entertained. Hot chocolate and coffee were served, and people were let into the “chick room” a few at a time.
So instead of having chicks perpetually available, they order thousands of fowl on one day and invite the masses to come fight it out amongst themselves. The smart ones pre-order their chicks. I learned the hard way that if you wanted more of a certain type of chicken that was sold out you were given the “We have lots of ducklings!” sales pitch. ;) But here’s what we ended up with:
Five lil’ Buff Orpingtons (the gold chicks).
Five Gold-laced Wyandotte (pronounced “wine-dot”).
And two banties which were labeled “assorted”. I am particularly fond of this tiny silver one:
and this one with the black back and yellow wings.
I had no idea there were so many different chicken breeds. The Buff Orpingtons get BIG, and the Wyandottes are totally gorgeous when they feather out. Both are great egg-layers. I can’t wait to watch them grow!
Neither can Ronan the Collie. :) He is a very attentive guard.
More to come soon!