Thursday, March 22, 2012

Oh The Cuteness! The Unbearable Cuteness!

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My brain almost cannot handle the adorableness of three-day-old baby chicks.




I believe that this little penguin is our Silver Cuckoo Marans. She'll lay dark brown eggs. We set a fluffy feather duster in the brooder box, as a sort of fake mommy, and this little girl seems to enjoy that the most of the other chicks. We often find her snuggling in the feathers. She seems to be a bit of a loner.



We think this chick might be one of our Easter Eggers. She's usually in the middle of the flock.



This is our largest chick. We think that she's the Silver Laced Wyandotte, our glamor chicken.



There's quite a size discrepancy between the chicks. Our smallest chicken is also our feistiest. She's generally running around like a maniac, and is the one most likely to be pecking another chicken. She's a little spitfire. Three days old, and she's already trying to rule the roost.

Chicken owners, do you agree with our identifications?

14 comments:

Anne Bonny said...

I have no idea, but they.are.so.stinkin.cute! i wanna just cuddle them and rub my cheek along their softness! Soooo cute!! Poor things would never know how to walk 'cause I would never put them down! lol

Amber said...

I believe I can confirm the Wyandotte ID; she looks like ours did at that age. I am not much help with the others, but it looks to me like you get it right =o) Enjoy the cuteness! Ours are almost completely out of the pinfeather and fluff stage and into the fully feathered, mini-hen stage. I miss the fluff-balls, but I am enjoying the current stage too. If you want a great time, let them cuddle under your chin when you are sitting around in the evening... they particularly like it if you are wearing a scarf or something they can get in =o) But beware that they leave lots of "presents" behind.

Noreen said...

The Penguin catches my fancy. Brown eggs...cool. All I ever learned about chickens was from when my grandmother and I would walk down the road to visit with her neighbor (Ada) for a bit: chickens peck and you should watch where you walk.

Kaveh Maguire said...

I love them! One of these days I'll have my own chickens.

Jeremy said...

Adorable babies!

The first chick is one of your Easter Eggers, the second is your Cuckoo Marans, I actually think the third pictured is your Wyandotte. It doesn't look Silver Laced though, but Gold Laced. The last picture looks like 2 little Easter Eggers, the tiny one might be a bantam.

You're going to love watching these wee ones grow, it truly becomes an addiction. Before you know it you'll be buying an incubator and ordering hatching eggs!

I'll have pure English Orpington hatching eggs available this year... he he he. :)

Magic Cochin said...

Aaaaw!

Not good with chick id but you've picked some nice breeds - they should be fine as they grow up together.

When I reared Cheep the only chick last summer I put a stone hot water bottle wrapped in a t-shirt inside a furry lined parka hood as a sort of surrogate hen. Shame cheep turned out to be a boy! I now have a rooster that thinks I'm 'mum' and wants to sit on my shoulder!

Enjoy your sweet chicks - they'll look different next week.

Celia

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

So happy you finally got your chickens! I can't wait to see them all grown up and moved inside their fabulous coop! I really miss having chicks this year, but maybe next year, after the goats are all settled in. I might finally have to break down and get an easter egger or two next time, although I'm really tempted to try Welsummers next time...mahogany brown eggs just are too intriguing to pass up :P

Martha said...

I think your ID is correct. Your EE looks just like our Lulu and our new Edie did. You can see a baby photo here:
http://www.brooklynfeed.com/2011/10/introducing-new-chickens-to-a-flock/

And you can see what she looks like older. Take a zillion photos. They lose their fluff in less than 2 weeks. It's pretty amazing to watch the progression of the pin feathers. You see them on their wing tips already.

Anonymous said...

Awww... adorable..... none of them appear to be related to Marjorie, though!

Bandaid

jess s said...

I agree with Jeremy's identifications. They are SO CUTE. I love baby chicks.

PATRICIA said...

This is my very first visit - just came upon your writing - something to do with my researching mulberry trees - I am loving this. I'm in Stockton, California and cope with severe disability where my gardens keep me going. ((hugs)) Patricia

Solitare said...

We think that maybe the silver wyandotte is the easter egger our easter egger have puffy cheeks.
Kansas chick stuckin ohio

mamakin said...

You've got the cutest little chicks there. I wouldn't know the types of chickens-we just had a bunch of white ones & some guinea hens that were better than watch dogs & ran in a pack-hysterical! They also loved eating any new growth in my garden, all the blossoms from any flowers I wanted to grow, the berries off any of those bushes & the feed we gave them. Seeing your babies made me think that having guinea hens again might be a great idea since their favorite food was ticks & it seems we have a bunch of them already. DD & her bf walked to the back of the property where I planted bamboo when we moved in - it's now a bamboo forest. They walked back & between them there were about a dozen little ticks that we found. DD started by taking scotch tape to the first one she saw & taped it to the kitchen floor. Nice. Then they saw more, yelled for me & stood there while I scotch taped all the others & made a lovely work of art. They're not at the stage where they're feeding but I'm now thinking of those hens having a party!

I had my first chicken when I did a project in college on imprinting & hatched the eggs, hatching the last to imprint on me. He was great. And just how a cat knows she should sit on a book if you're reading, CSCBT (chicks name-can't translate here lol)would park himself on my book as I stretched out on a lounge in the yard. When my kids were young I decided they'd learn about it by doing it so we got an incubator, ordered the eggs & they did the turning & counting days & I made a box so when they started to hatch I'd put the little one in the box as it hatched & DS or DD would be the only thing it would see when it came out of its shell. They loved it & every evening, around the gloaming, they'd all parade back into the pen my DH made. We put up a regular shed & he built out a long area with wire & wood & a door so they could still be outside if they wanted to but would be safe from night animals that could hurt them. Nothing could get to those guinea hens though. They let me know when the mail was delivered, if someone came to our back gate, parked in our driveway & scared the guy who cut the lawn back then so badly with their screaming when he went to the back gate that he came in to ask me what was back there. He couldn't believe it was a bunch of guinea hens!

You're going to have the best time. I'm so excited for you guys. I love their new home, it's beautiful!

And how are your 4-legged friends taking to the new additions?? Our dogs loved them & the chicks seemed to like following them around. The poodle started herding them when she thought they were going somewhere they shouldn't. I'm thinking cats won't quite feel the same...

Anonymous said...

The little penguin definetly is a marans, and as for the others, I don't know. Hope you enjoy their fluffiness while it lasts!

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