Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Gang's All Here

We picked up the rest of the chickens today!

So, Meine Damen und Herren, Mes dames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, we'd like to introduce you all to the now-complete Urban Farm Chicken Flock!

First off we have our trio of Buff Orpingtons; Lulu, Fritzy, and Sally.  Don't ask us which little yellow fuzzball corresponds to which name.  It's impossible to tell these three apart right now.  When they are all grown up, the Buff Orpingtons will be a pretty golden beige color.  We wanted to be sure to include them in our backyard flock, because they are known to be one of the most friendly and docile breeds.

Next up, are a pair of Rhode Island Reds; Rozy and Texas.  As their present coloration suggests, they'll grow up to be reddish brown adult chickens.  Rhode Island Reds are said be some of the most reliable egg layers, so we had to get a couple of them!

And we have Bobbi and Vicki. Or is it Vicki and Bobbi?  Kidding.  Unlike their namesakes, it's actually very easy to tell our Easter Eggers apart.  Bobbi, on the right, has a very prominent striping pattern, while Vicki, on the left, has more subtle stripes.  I can't say for sure how they'll look grown up, because Easter Eggers are hybrids that can have a variety of adult feather patterns.  We picked this variety because they lay light green or blue eggs.  No kidding!  We're excited to see their pretty eggs this fall.

And you've already met our Plymouth Barred Rocks.  Here you can see Frenchie sitting on the ground with Liza demonstrating how to sit on a roost.  Frenchie hasn't quite figured this out yet.  The Plymouth Barred Rocks will be black and white striped when they grow up.  They are a notoriously curious and clever breed, and everyone says they are a very entertaining addition to a backyard flock.

The Barred Rocks are actually almost one week old now.  In addition to learning to sit on the roost, they've grown bigger, and you can see on Helga's wing that they're beginning to replace the down on their wings with a row of real feathers!

If you're a fan of the musical Cabaret, you might recognize that we've named our flock after the Kit Kat Klub dancers (plus Liza Minelli of course).  You might have even caught the references to the show in this post.  If not, no worries, we'll now go back to keeping our Broadway nerdiness to ourselves. However, we will be sure to keep you up to date with the happenings in the backyard flock as all our chicks continue to get bigger, complete with lots of cute pictures!

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