"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A flock of four

Meet our new girls!

"Pic", named and owned by Simone, is a Rhode Island Red hen. One of the most famous and popular "heavy" breeds, she'll lay brown eggs for us. Though she is the least distinctive chick, Simone thinks she's the cutest!

"Stripey", an Araucana is Gabriel's pick. These girls lay beautiful colored eggs of blue-green shades from turquoise to deep olive. Can't wait!

"Paloma" is my personal favorite. She's a Black Australorp (originating from Australia), another "heavy" breed and will get the biggest at 5-7 pounds. When returning her back to her flock-mates, she'll happily remain seated in your hand instead of jumping away.

"Poppy" is the smallest chick and is a Buttercup, considered a rare and unusual breed. Like the others, this breed is known for being friendly and the least photogenic.

Right now they're living indoors, in a plastic bin under a heat lamp until they grow all their feathers which will take about 6 weeks. By then, Rich will have built a fantastic coop and run for them right next to/with the goats that will have GOT to be here in six weeks!


Steph said...

Jess, this is going to be a great experience for the kids. I am impressed seeing I can hardly keep the dog alive!

Jacob said...

I came over here from Jamie's blog, and I'm wondering what you're planning for a coop. I'm thinking about getting a few chickens for our yard next summer, but I don't know how big a house they need.

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