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The Chicken Chronicles – The Pretty Birds Join the Brood

on March 5, 2012

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With the introduction of the brown chickens, Big Red Mama, Ginger, and Ethyl, our yard seemed more full.  We were excited, though when our neighbors asked if we could care for their two Silkie hens they had bought as chicks earlier in the spring.  (They had just discovered that their third pullet was actually a cockerel and had to find a different place for him.)  I had only seen Silkies at the county fair and thought of them as somewhat exotic.  Their silky feathers, feathered feet, and poofy head feathers make them different and special.

Our teenage neighbor who had brought up the chicks named the white one Barok (since that’s what the other chickens were calling her.)  She named the black chick Kevin, having always wanted a black chicken named Kevin.  Chad named them Salt and Pepper after they came to live with us, but we refer to them by both names.

The Silkies - Barok and Kevin (a.k.a Salt and Pepper)


Salt and Pepper have been fun additions to our small brood.  They began laying last fall, shortly before the weather turned colder, and while this species is not known for strong egg production, they have been doing a good job of producing for us.  (Which has been good since Wilhelmina seems to be on strike this winter, and one of the brown chickens is also taking a break from laying.)  Their little pullet eggs are the perfect size to poach for our toddler’s breakfast each morning!

Now our brood was up to seven again.  Yes, there were definite cliques: the Leghorns, the Silkies, the younger Rhode Island Reds, and Ethyl.  But they all seemed to do well together, enjoying their time roaming free in the yard and closed safely into their coop at night…

~Dana

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