Last Thursday we got some new baby chicks. These are Americanas.
They are very different from out other chickens, which are red pullets. They are cute and fluffy, but they are more skittish, faster and pretty good jumpers. I can't tell who is who. I haven't learned their names, but they include Blackie and Joey (the two black ones), Cinnamon, Papalapa Ding Dong, Kirk, Jean-Luc, and Cleopatra. They were a random pick after they hatched and we don't know which ones are males and which are females. We'll find that out as they get older. We only want hens, though.
They like to sleep in their food and they jump on each other's heads. I still just call them all nuggets.
Our other chickens are lovely red hens now. They have not started laying eggs, yet. Still waiting on them. We've bought two grown chickens. For a while they were both laying eggs, but now only one of them is. The other one had a bit of excitement this week. She got out of her pen and flew off over the fence. We couldn't find her or catch her. For two days we kept an eye out and set traps to get her back. Finally our neighbor saw her. It took three separate attempts with no less than five people each time, but our wayward chicken was finally recaptured and her wings promptly clipped.
I go visit the chickens every day and usually take a treat for them. They LOVE bread. They also love macaroni and cheese and spaghetti noodles. When I come up to the pen, they all run to the door and start hopping, excited for their treat. I'm certainly enjoying our chickens. I hope they all start laying eggs soon and I hope more of these baby chicks are hens rather than roosters. We'll see.....