Last Sunday we picked up six new baby chicks for our flock. This is our first time getting baby chicks and so far it’s been awesome. We figure they are about 10 days old today – as they were 6-7 days old when we picked them up on Sunday. We have two Ameraucana, two Barred Rock, one Leghorn and one Rhode Island Red – and I wanted to introduce you. . .
This is Dora. My 2-year-old daughter named her. She’s a Leghorn chicken. Leghorns are known for laying lots of eggs, up to 325 eggs a year. Leghorns lay white eggs.
This is Chima. Named by my 5-year-old LEGO fanatic son. It’s pronounced Chee-ma and it’s based on this series of Legos. Oye, if you tell a kid they can name a chick, I guess you can’t really tell them what to name it. Chima is an Ameraucana chicken. She will lay blue or green eggs! She has the most beautiful coloring and check out her eyeliner . . .I don’t think she knows how good lookin’ she is. And she’s named after Legos. 🙂
Meet Apple. I named her that on a whim and it stuck. She’s a redhead, so I’ve decided we’re sticking together. She’s a Rhode Island Red which means she’ll be perky, maybe a little fiesty and she’ll probably lay about 275 brown eggs each year.
And then we come to the baby chicks that we haven’t yet named. I’d love your ideas! Leave the comments on this post and I’ll share them with the rest of the family.
No name, Ameraucana chicken. Her eggs will be either green or blue, just like her counter-part Chima. You can notice that they don’t look very similar, Chima and this one, but they both Ameraucanas. Goes to show that every chicken is different! Ameraucanas are listed as one of the top five brands for kids.
No name, she’s a Barred Rock, also called a Plymouth Rock. These chickens are known for being easily socialized and good when you have kids around them. She will grow into a very pretty black/white patterned bird! Barred rocks lay medium-colored brown eggs.
And finally, the other Barred Rock chicken. They look very similar, it’s hard to tell them apart. The first one I pictured has more white markings on her wings (which you can’t see in the photo) but otherwise, they are hard to tell apart. As mentioned above Barred Rocks are also called Plymouth Rock chickens.
All seems to be going well with the baby chicks. They seem to be healthy, happy, chirping birds. They are getting used to be around us and are fun to watch. They are not that messy or noisy – I’m surprised.
I have one question for you seasoned chicken owners – look at Dora’s comb – it seems more pronounced than the other birds. Could it be that she’s older than the others? Or could it be that she’s a rooster? She is very fiesty and she seems to be a bit older than the other birds. What do you think? I sure hope she’s not a rooster, my daughter would be devastated if we would have to find her a new home.
Backyard chicken resources
- Building Chicken Coops For Dummies – $13.59 (reg. $19.99)
- Chicken Coops: 45 Building Ideas for Housing Your Flock – $13.57 (reg. $19.95)
- The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit (The Joy of Series) – $10.17
- Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, 3rd Edition – $12.36
One of my favorite all-time books is A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store’s Guide to Chicken Keeping, written by a couple out of Portland that owns a Urban Farm Store. They know their stuff and the book is easy to read through and reference.
So what do you think about our babies? I’d love to hear your ideas for names! And I’m always looking for chicken advice, stories or photos!