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Monday, April 11, 2011

Peeps, 1 week old

I am a bit surprised at how much I love my peeps already.  I haven't officially named any of them yet, for fear we'd have some losses especially when they were so young.

At a week old, they're still doing great. And they're all so different.

The buffs are super sweet. They come right to our hand if we place it quietly into their brooder.

The Silkie was spunky from day 2.  Day 1 he was a little slow, and we worried about him. (Or her, we still don't know which gender).  But by Day 2, watch out. He keeps up with all the bigger chicks including the gargantuan Rhode Island Reds. 

He especially loves it when the other birds are at the bottle waterers.  He pushes right into the middle to get some water. That's him to the right of the black one.

I love the black and silver stripes on the Silver Laced Wyandottes and the brown stripes on the Americana (which we've tentatively named "Chip & Dale", after their chipmunk stripes). The barred rocks are also very pretty, mostly black at this age, with a white spot on their heads.

The Rhode Islands rule the roost, as they are still so much bigger than everyone.  So far they haven't been bullying the little ones too much.  They can, however, fly a little and we really need to get a cover on the brooder very soon. I have even found them roosting on top of their feed jars.

There is one Gold Star that is very calm and quiet. As with all the birds, if you hold her on her back, she will quickly fall asleep, little toes quivering.

They are endlessly fascinating and incredibly curious.  I just can't believe how much joy a couple of ounces of feathers and fluff can bring. 

Cheers -


Anita said...

So sweet... :)

Victoria Strauser said...

Thank you - I can't believe they're almost a year old now. Time for some new babies I think!

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