Meet the flock

Meet the flock

Belle

Breed: Bluebell

DOB: 06/04/2017  Age:

Joined us: 29/04/2017

What they say: The Bluebell is a pretty, large fowl chicken with plumage shaded grey and blue. Crossed between a Rhode Island Red and a Marans chicken, they are capable of laying 260 eggs per year. Their eggs are a wonderful pink brown colour. Hens are docile, but might not enjoy being picked up.

What I say: We got Belle in our first group of three chicks (Belle, Star and Zazu) when they were just three weeks old.  Even as a chick she would shy away from being picked up and is still the same now although once you have her she is OK.  We think she is the top hen but it is hard to tell.

 

Starlight (Star)

Breed: Light Sussex

DOB: 06/04/2017  Age:

Joined us: 29/04/2017

What they say: The Sussex chicken is an alert, calm breed that can adapt to any surroundings and be quite tame and friendly. They are comfortable in both free range or confined spaces and in the presence of humans, although they will mate and breed better in larger spaces. The breed frequently goes broody in the warmer months. They are good foragers and are generally vigorous and hardy as a garden fowl. The light Sussex has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips. Its neck is white, striped with black and has a very striking appearance. The feathers around the neck are called hackle feathers and each one is black with a fine white lace around the edge.

What I say: We got Star in our first group of three chicks (Belle, Star and Zazu) when they were just three weeks old.  She has always been quite tame and has grown to be the tamest of all of them.  She absolutely loves “poultry mix” as a treat and will regularly hassle me for it!  I think she is second in command.

 

Zazu

Breed: Speckledy

DOB: 06/04/2017  Age:

Joined us: 29/04/2017

What they say: A large fowl chicken crossed between a Marans and a Rhode Island Red. They look similar to a Marans with their grey speckled plumage and comb and wattles. They lay beautiful medium sized speckled brown eggs. Expect around 260 delicious eggs per year. Speckledys can go broody, are usually the top hen and tend to look after outcast hens. They are docile in nature.

What I say: We got Zazu in our first group of three chicks (Belle, Star and Zazu) when they were just three weeks old.  She has always been very friendly and would jump out of the brooder to come and see us when she was a chick.  She is just as friendly now and is the most inquisitive hen in our flock.  She has a great little character and seems to be third in the pecking order.

 

Snowy

Breed: Silkie

DOB: 10/09/2016  Age:

Joined us: 25/07/2017

What they say: Silkies are the kittens of the chicken world. Their feathers are fluffy and fur like and their ear lobes are bright blue. They have black skin, feathered feet and an extra toe. They are the most docile of the chicken breeds. Famous people in America keep them as house pets and carry them around like tiny dogs! They come in miniature, bantam and large sizes. The only rule of thumb is to choose chickens of similar sizes and introduce into their new run at the same time. A large fowl silkie is still smaller than a large fowl hybrid chicken. A large fowl speckledy and a large silkie can live together happily if introduced correctly. The smaller silkie may follow the speckledy around as if she’s her mother. They come in white, black, partridge, cuckoo, chocolate, red, blue and gold colours. Silkies lay from one to three small white eggs per week. They are the most broody of hens.

What I say: Snowy is the latest addition to the flock and came after the first three had grown substantially.  I read a mixture of views on introducing a single chicken to an existing flock and also introducing a smaller chicken to a flock of larger birds.  It went well and wasn’t too bad.  She co-exists with the three big ones without any issues but as I type this she is broody and locked in a dog crate to cool off so the trait is very real!  She is very tame and comical.  As expected she sits at the bottom of the pecking order.