Hello Again! Yes, it’s been a while, someone please tell me where all the time has gone!!!! Well, I’m thinking, it went into raising baby chicks! Here they come!!!!
Once again, meet Goliath’s Flock! They are now 17 weeks old! I must say, this is the most docile group of chicks I’ve ever had! Granted, I’ve only had to be mama hen to my first group of chicks, Buddy’s Flock and that was of course where I learned how to raise back yard chickens. Even though I grew up on a chicken farm, my dad raised chickens for eggs and that was before cages came in, he ended his business, opting out of caged.
Well, like I said, my babies are now 17 weeks old, their ‘voices’ are changing, the girls are now sounding more like hens. Still a little early for egg laying, but we’re getting anxious! Goliath is still a little young to be crowing, but can’t wait for that early crowing.
Way back on Sept. 9th I introduced you to the chicks: Meet Goliath & His Flock, they look a tad different now then those early fluffy butt baby pics, so I’m going to introduce you again and add some goings on and updates.
First update, we did loose 1 chick a couple weeks ago to a Sharp Shin Hawk. We have a completely closed in run for the chicks, but there was a hole, which the hawk found and got into the run and killed poor Itsie one of our 2 Speckled Sussex, which left Bitsie an only child. The hole was fixed, there isn’t even the slightest peek hole now. It’s always a learning experience.
Like I said they are now 17 weeks old, I picked these chicks from My Pet Chicken, breeds we have never had before and ended up ordering 6 different breeds. I did want white jersey giants but none were available anywhere, so I got the black. 2 …. 3 reasons I wanted to add Jersey Giants to my flock, 1-they’re a big breed, so hoping this will help in deterring hawks, 2-I’m a Jersey Girl and Jersey Giants originated in New Jersey so wanted to be true to New Jersey, 3-Getting the Jersey Giant rooster I’m hoping that all chicks will be on the larger side, again to help them survive. Hawks are our number 1 predator here, we did loose 1 a couple years ago to a fox and we did loose chicks to a skunk, that was tragic.
So now, meet Goliath’s Flock
The Jersey Giants, Goliath, Millie & Tillie
Goliath is growing like a weed, he will eat out of my hand. Millie is not as friendly but will eat out of my hand at times, Tillie, I think is pretty low on the pecking order so she doesn’t eat out of my hand, she hangs back. You can see that Millie has a beautiful tail, Tillie has not much of a tail, that’s how I tell them apart.
Bitsie – Speckled Sussx
Bitsie, is my only Speckled Sussex, her sister, Itsie was killed by a Sharp Shin Hawk. Bitsie was named because she was the runt of the flock, took her a while to catch up. Thats why the names Itsie and Bitsie. She is a doll baby, one of my favorites. She will let you hold her and talk your ears off.
Hope & Grace – White Plymouth Rocks
Hope is allot friendlier than Grace. I think that’s because she had pasty butt her first week of life. I never had a chick with pasty butt(pasting up) before, but thank goodness My Pet Chicken, where I got them from, tells you to look for it and how to treat it. Not hard to treat, but the chick will die if not treated. So, I think from all the handling she got, she became so friendly. These two were name by my grandson Tyler. If I stoop down to long when I’m out with the flock, Hope will jump up on my shoulder.
Lavern & Shirley – Easter Eggers
Yes, named for the TV show. My 91 year old dad, named these 2, Lavern is the lighter (blonde) one and Shirley is the darker (brunette) one. These 2 are not so friendly and are generally last to come out to free range.
Sweetie Pie & Honey Bun – Partridge Plymouth Rocks
Sweetie Pie was named first, as a chick, she constantly sat with me and I kept saying such a sweetie pie, so I named her Sweetie Pie, looking for a ‘friendly’ name for her sister, who also sat with me, not as much in the beginning, but now she’s the friendlier one, seeing her coloring was lighter than Sweetie’s, more of a honey color, I named her Honey Bun. Honey Bun, will also jump up on my shoulder, she is my favorite.
Thelma & Louise – Gold Laced Wyandotte’s
Yes, named for the movie. Wasn’t my favorite movie, and when these 2 were babies, they weren’t my favorites either. These were my renegades, hence the names. Thelma is the lighter one and Louise is the darker one. Thelma is currently in the running for top of the pecking order along with Millie. I’m not sure, whose going to win this battle, but for the time being, my money is on Thelma. Thelma is even letting the cats know that she is top girl in the chicken yard, not them. She chases poor grey cat all over, and poor grey cat, just wants to be one of the girls!
Here’s the pecking order challenge that went on yesterday, between Thelma & poor Grey Cat, then Thelma & Millie, then Millie and Goliath, I have no idea what she was thinking, then Goliath breaking up Thelma & Millie. What a day! LOL!
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the story. Sorry its been a while, hope it won’t be so long till my next post. Feel free to comment, I love hearing from you.