I haven’t shown you guys the chickens for a while. Can you believe how big they are?! Clearly, Josephine is the biggest ham when it comes to having photos taken.
If you’re into chickens, here are the details about everybody:
- Josephine is the brown chicken. She’s a red star, also known as a red sex link. Sex link chickens are awesome because the males and females look different from day one so you know for sure you’re getting a girl. She hatched on March 13. She’s the most sociable with humans and my favorite to hang out with. Very mellow. She likes long walks on the beach and Italian food. I should make chicken trading cards.
- Gertrude is the white chicken. She’s a Delaware and hatched on March 13. Delawares are “dual purpose” birds,” which means they’re raised for eggs and for meat. I don’t always use emoticons in my blog posts, but: :(. Meat birds grow faster than other birds. She is by far the most mature of the chickens and I think she’s going to lay her first egg pretty soon. We even opened up the nest boxes today. (I’ll post a full chicken coop tour soon.) I like the last photo even though it’s not good because you can see the wattle blur. Every time she moves her head in that jerky chicken way, her wattle moves. It’s awesome.
- Margarita is the black and white stripey chicken. She’s a barred rock and hatched on March 20. She’s the youngest but I think the smartest and I’d be surprised if she doesn’t end up being at the top of the pecking order. She was feeling especially shy today. Apparently she is Soren’s favorite. When we went to the dentist the other day, our hygienist blew up a glove to make a chicken for him. Then the receptionist drew eyes on it. Soren brought it home, drew stripes on it, and called it Margarita.
If you have any desire whatsoever to get chickens, you should probably do it. They are so awesome.