Friday Fun – Poultry Photo Shoot
Initially Spouse and I decided on 3 different breeds we wanted to start with, and also agreed (I thought) that 10 chickens would be good for us. But I made the mistake of sending Spouse out to get our chicks, and we now have 18 chicks of various breeds (in addition to the 2 chickens we already had) .
I asked Spouse to take some pictures the other night to remember their cuteness. He staged a whole poultry photo shoot to capture their feathers in the best light.
This is a Golden Comet. We have 3 Golden Comets. They should all be girls because Golden Comets have a sex-linked color gene. The male and female chicks are different colors (this is unusual for chickens because normally you can’t tell males and females apart until they grow in their adult features.
This little chick is one of four Ameraucana chicks that we have. Ameraucanas are sometimes also mistakenly called Easter Egger chickens, but there is a difference. Ameraucanas come from two Ameraucana parents; they are a true breed. Easter Eggers are hybrid chickens and have one Ameraucana parent while the second parent can be any breed. Ameraucana and Easter Eggers are popular with backyard farmers because they carry the blue-egg gene. These hens will lay eggs that are usually blue-green in color, although some hens can lay pink, white or brown eggs. A hen will always lay the same color egg.
Say hello to a Plymouth Rock. We have 3 – two are supposed to be hens while one is supposed to be a rooster (I said no roosters!). Rocks come in all colors and are sub-named by their feather patterns. This one is a Silver Penciled Rock. This coloring pattern is supposed to be less common.
One of the other less common breeds we have is the Blue Andalusian. We have 2 – and neither are blue! The blue gene is a “diluting gene” for black. 50% of the offspring of Blue Andalusians will be blue, 25% will be black, and 25% will be something termed “splash” which is a light color with dashes of darker color sprinkled throughout (I am really starting to get into chicken genetics!). We have a black one and I think the one in the picture is a splash.
In addition to the chickens shown above, we also have 2 Buff Orpingtons, which are a tan color, and 2 Black Copper Marans. The Marans are black, as their name implies, and they lay dark, chocolate-colored eggs. We also have a chick that is “supposed to be a good layer,” but Spouse can’t remember which breed it is.
Hmmm, that only makes 17 – I guess I will have to go out to my garage that is now an aviary to figure out who I missed!