It’s been awhile since I did a chick post, so when I saw this post at Grow & Resist and then this post at Traverse City Urban Chickens I decided it was time to show you some more pictures of my little ladies. It seems like only yesterday they were little, fuzzy fluffballs.
Remember these little cuties? Starting at top left and moving clockwise you can see our Dominque, Bella; Luna, the Easter-Egger and Hermione, the Golden-Laced Wyandotte. They change so quickly I wish I would have taken more pictures but you’ll have to settle for my sporadic time-lapsed photography.
Here on Easter Sunday, the girls were six days old. You can just see their wing feathers starting to develop. Top left is Hermione, Bellatrix is in the center and Looney Luna is along the right side.
Hermione wouldn’t stay turned-around but at least from this view you can see her tail feathers. Luna is center and Bella on the right. You can see their feathers starting to come in but they still have a lot of downy fluff.
Don’t they look strange? Their bodies are mostly feathered, but their heads are all fluff. It makes their necks look extra spindly. Luna (in the center) is way ahead of the other girls in feather development. She reminds me alternately of a hawk and a road runner. Bella (on the left) is still my favorite, but I think once Hermione’s feathers come in she is going to be beautifully marked. She is the most skittish of the three. If I put my hand into the brooder, Hermione runs into a corner, Luna mostly ignores me and Bella jumps right into my hand. All three will tolerate being held once they are caught, but Bella seems to want to be held. Luna is the most confident and tries to escape the brooder to explore if the lid is left open.
The kids and I put them into the chicken run to introduce them to Molly yesterday. It went ok. Not well, but ok. They all just stood there. Nobody moved. And then. . . Molly started pecking at the chicks to see what was going on with them. Once both Luna and Hermione had been pecked once I decided it was time to go back inside. We’ll try again soon.