We finally did it! After talking about getting chickens for literally a decade, we decided this year was the year that we would finally commit. We are now the proud parents of 8 little baby chicks and it’s been so much fun! We chose heritage breeds that are suited for our cold climate and that are good layers! We should get white, brown, light brown, green and blue eggs from these beauties eventually. It’s so interesting to see their little personalities developing already.
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Without further ado here are our 1-week old baby chicks. We won’t know if they are boys or girls until much later so for now they have all been named as if they are hens!
Kiki is our runner. She’s by far the hardest to catch! She’s more delicate than the others with longer legs and a slim build. When she is grown she will be medium sized with a bright red comb and will lay white eggs.
Marigold is very docile and friendly. She is easy to catch and will run right up to your hand to see if you have anything good to eat. She will be pale brown when grown and will also lay pale brown eggs.
Buttercup is usually quite docile like Marigold, but she is the best bug hunter in the group! If we put a few ants in the brooder she gets almost all of them before the others even notice that they are there. She is such a pretty pale yellow colour!
Hoot might be a rooster lol! He is by far the most aggressive of the bunch and his tail feathers seem to be coming in faster. He’s quite large and looks me right in the eye whenever I come near. If he is the only rooster of the bunch, we may just have to keep him. He’s quite the character!
PuffPuff is named perfectly (by my 7 year old). She is constantly scratching and throwing up shavings onto the rest of the chicks! Easter Eggers will lay coloured eggs that could vary from sea foam green to pink or anything in between. Each hen will only lay one colour though! We can’t wait to see what PuffPuff lays!
Karen is our busybody lol! She’s always up in the other chicks business and trying to steal food out of their beaks. Karen is the first of our Brahmas, which are a very large breed. The Brahma’s will be big with feathered legs and a huge wingspan. Apparently they are gentle giants though with a calm personality. I sure hope so!
Tootsie is our floofiest chick! She’s such a fuzzball. She seems pretty calm and likes to stay under the warming plate longer than all the others. I can relate!
Kimmy Gibbler is the girls favourite (Full House is a big hit around here). We are just lucky we didn’t end up with a D.J. and Stephanie Tanner as well lol! Brahmas will lay large medium brown coloured eggs so we are hoping these girls provide us with some delicious breakfasts!
We did have a 9th chick, but the poor little thing passed away a few days ago. She was our only Cuckoo Maran so we were quite sad that she didn’t make it. She was much small than the others right from the start and she just seemed to get weaker no matter what I tried! Her name was Shelley and we will miss her. RIP Shelley.
I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting our little baby chicks. It really has been so fun learning to take care of them and watching their antics. I’ve shared lots of what we’ve been learning about baby chicks as we go on Instagram if you want to see more!
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