Monday, January 30, 2012

Bantam Chicks Growing Quickly

Bug's chicks are growing quickly. He has been observing and studying them to see just how well they are growing and also how well they are measuring up to their breed standard. This is one of his favorites.

We are not quite sure what variety this bantam chick is . Soon, very soon, we believe our suspicions will be confirmed, but we're not yet ready to proclaim him ( chick on the left) because his mottled spots are not "mottled" enough to make Oreo as wonderful in type as we hope he is.
The hen we believe to be the same variety as Oreo.
Mlle Fleur chicks.

Granny Baa's bantam black Cochins. I ( Granny) am growing very fond of these chicks, they alone are mine. Their personalities are very different from the rest of the chicks. These little black chicks are very friendly and docile. Not the least bit flighty, they amble over to me as I feed and water the chicks. They are also shaped like little black roly-poly balls. Watching them just makes me happy. I am very glad I added these chicks to the order of Mlle Fleurs, Porcelains, and de'Uccles.
Raising chicks is so much fun, and so interesting. The benefits of having chickens, both bantam and standard size are many, but pure entertainment ranks high on the list.These chicks chase each other, play with each other, and are also an on-going learning experience.If you are a bit stressed out, just grab a cup of coffee or tea and go on out to the chicken pen to sit a spell and watch the chickens.You cannot help but leave them with a smile and a chuckle...and maybe a little better perspective on your day. At least enough to help you wake up and begin anew another day, after all, your chickens count on you to come back and spend a little time with them. ( O.K. They need you to feed and water them, but that works for you , doesn't it ? )

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Chicks Are Growing, Speculating On Their Variety

This is a white D'uccle which went into the APA Standard of Perfection in 1879.
This is Oreo I don't know what he is yet but I think he's Cuckoo D'uccle

These two are some of my favorites , these are Porcelain and self blue Belgian D'uccles.
These are Mille Fleurs which were one of the first colors.  Michael Van Gelder created the breed between 1890 and1900. They went into the APA Standard of Perfection fourteen years later.Van Gelder created the breed by crossing Belgian d'Anvers with Booted bantams.

These two are a Porcelain D'uccle and a Gold neck D'uccle.
These three here are Black D'uccles.

These are Black D'uccles, Black Cochins and Oreo.
This is a photo of a Porcelain a Mille Fleur a Gold neck aBlack d'uccle a White d'uccle and Oreo.

 Me holding my d'Uccles.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Chicks , New Blog !

This is Oreo I think he is a Belgian Antwerp Cuckoo.
My chicks when they arrived.
Me and my brother holding Oreo.
My group of D'uccles which are Porcelains, Mille Fleurs and assorted D'uccles.
My chicks in their new pen.