So, no more holding out, I know you want to meet the new flock. These pics were taken at just a few days old, and wouldn't you know it, these peeps are already two weeks old now. Where does the time go?
In case you're wondering where you can order onesie-twosie chickens (many mail order hatcheries have a minimum order of 15-25 of one breed) Ideal Poultry allows small orders and gave us great service and all our chicks arrived in perfect health.
So without further ado, may I present our next generation of layers:
Five Guinea keets of unknown gender (referred to as a Straight Run). We bought these for predator alerts (they raise a ruckus any time they see something unfamiliar on the farm) and also because they are known to be tick eating machines.
One White. Her name is Betty. White. And since we don't know if she's a he, we're also reserving the name Bob. White. Because I think that's funny.
Five bantam Silkies - also a straight run.
One pheasant (we had two pheasant but unfortunately one died last week). We needed more Silkies because Frickin says she'd like someone her own size around the hen yard thank-you-very-much:
Two Buff Orpington pullets (one of my favorites from last year's flock, Little Miss Sunshine, is also a Buff O):
Two Golden Sex-Links aka Gold Star pullets - also in my flock from last year that we especially loved:
Two Barred Rock pullets (also in our flock last year):
Two Black Australorp pullets:
Two standard Americana pullets (aka Easter Eggers, which laying light blue/green eggs):
Two bantam Americanas of unknown gender:
And last but not least, two Partridge Rock pullets:
We also ordered 4 Blue Slate turkeys from Cackle Hatchery when we ordered our broiler chicks. They are the sweetest birds ever, calmer and less flighty than the chickens. I hope their sweet disposition remains as they grow up.
I haven't named the 23 chickens yet, so if you have any suggestions please shout them out in the comments.