Monday, October 22, 2012

More chickens

We got more chickens.  One of our neighbors had some chickens that she was trying to give away.  We gladly took more.  We doubled what we had and went from 4 to 8.

I wish I could remember what breed they are, but I don't know.

This is Autumn

This is Copper.  She's probably the prettiest bird we have.  She's also the smallest.

This is Peanut.

And this is Mulan.

My children named all of the birds.  It took a few days for the new birds to settle in.  Autumn didn't leave the coop the first day and hide under it most of the second day.  Peanut made herself at home and joined right in with the 4 birds that we had.  Copper and Mulan stuck together.  They were smaller and were chased away by the larger birds.  It took a week or two for everyone to adjust.

I've heard about chickens having a pecking order.  It was fascinating to see it in action.  The barred rock, Padme, is at the top, and poor Copper is at the bottom.  Even her buddy Mulan now pecks at her. 

Speaking of the other birds...  They're much bigger now.

Padme - Barred Plymoth Rock

Ariel - Rhode Island Red

Leia - Silkie

Jasmine - Buff Brahma

Leia was the first to lay an egg.  Padme, and Autumn are also laying and we think that Peanut might be laying as well.  We haven't been able to catch her in the act to be sure.  I'm not really keeping track, but I think we get 1-2 eggs per day. 

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