Saturday, February 14, 2009

Chook friends - old & new

Time for an update on our little fuzz-balls!
(Gold Laced Wyandottes)



That was 5 weeks ago now, and they've grown...and grown...
AND GROWN!



This is the same chick in the first photo (at the front). She was the first to hatch. Yes, I'm certain it's a girl. I'm starting to tell the differences and by another week, I'll be sure.



Early prediction is 3 definite boys, 2 definite girls and I supsect the last is a girl too - but needs another week. You can see in the above picture how the boys standing up straight (left) are all a bit leggy. They are all legs and not much body to them yet. The girl is at the front and I suspect the other two on the right are girls also. Notice how they have a heavier body to their leg ratio?

But now onto our new poultry freinds, who arrived last week. They are like no other chook I've kept before, and I think I've fallen in love with the Araucanas.



Here is a shot of the two pullets. They were taking a dust bath at the time, so it was hard to get full body shots. They have a lovely hairdo on top though!



And our boy is just as gorgeous. For those who don't know much about Araucanas, I've provided a link to a breed profile here: Araucana

We're looking forward to our green eggs & ham for breakfast, that's for sure. I will post pictures when the first eggs arrive! They are about 16 weeks now I'm told, so not too far away.

We've given the trio names already. Parffei, Latte and Agape. (Pronounced: Par-fay... Lar-tay... Agar-pay) We had a merry old time, coming up with those names. Had our daughter in stitches. The boy is Agape, which is Greek for love. He'll be giving plenty of love around in future. We hope!

Thanks for the continued interest in our feathered friends.

4 comments:

  1. i look forward to hearing more about your Araucanas, the thought of blue eggs is very tempting :o)

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  2. Oh wow! They have grown, that is incredible. Again I have serious chook envy. It is had being in town and not being able to have alot of livestock. You are very lucky.
    Can't wait to see those eggs.
    Emily

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  3. Oh I lurv the markings on the dark feathered chickens:D

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  4. I love the markings too Lucky-1, and I hear the Wyandottes are very placcid too. At the moment they're just being cheeky chicks who want to get into everything!

    Starting out with the Araucanas Nicole, there's still a lot for me to learn about their particular needs. I must confess to feeling a bit "weird" though, because they seem to want to look after themselves. I couldn't keep up with them in the yard if I tried!

    Fortunately they always come home to roost. :)

    I'd love to know what your little guinea pigs are up to nowadays, Emily. Could you share what you've learned (on little farm) because they would seem like a very unique pet to have. Several of our daughter's friends have them as pets, but I really wouldn't know where to begin with one.

    I also think you're doing a fab job on what land you have available. There's a lot for people to learn from you. :)

    Thanks all for sharing your thoughts.

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