It took an extra month, but our chooks have arrived. We have 11 beautiful ladies made up of 2 Croad Langshans, 2 Anconas, 2 Minorcas, 2 Araucanas, 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte, 1 WelsummerXBuff Sussex & 1 bantam bitzer. The WelsummerX & bantam bitzer were last minute additions as the 2 Barnevelders I’d ordered doubled in price from $35 to $75 per bird! Oh well, when we have a girl go broody (hopefully the Wyandotte) I’ll make sure some of the fertilised eggs we get we’ll be Barnevelders.
Here’s a flock shot, although it is only half the flock.
It’s been 2 ½ weeks and all but two of our ladies have names. Brydon and I have been busy. We’re still waiting for inspiration to strike concerning the other Minorca and Langshan, so far there’s been zilch.
Introducing our girls. Miss Ruby is the Langshan who does have a name. She is black all over except for one small red feather on her left wing. I’m hoping it never falls out! Although she has revealed herself to be quite forward, and is always at the front of the group, pecking at everything, including fingers, in the hope it’ll be something yummy.
Is that you Miss Ruby? The little red feather is on the other wing, of course!
Originally Brydon named the Anconas Dal & Mation because their colour is often referred to as ‘Reverse Dalmation’, but we weren’t overly happy with it. Inspired by ‘Dal’ I said, ‘What about Della & Bella?’ We were both happy with that. Della has more spots on her back, but I can only tell who’s who when I see their backs. Della and Bella are definitely amongst the shyer of our flock. It’s hard to see the spots in this photo, but they are there.
Della or Bella? I can’t see the spots on her back!
Minnie Myna is our most talkative chook. She’s a Minorca who chats away almost constantly. She’d lost a few feathers on her rump when we got her, but they’re slowly growing back. She’s a little shy, but certainly braver than her sister.
I can tell that this isn’t Minnie Myna, but her sister
The Araucanas are Ara & Carna, which worked much better than Dal & Mation. Both are a soft blue grey colour, but Ara is more petite with a dark grey face, while Carna is bigger, her wattles more distinct, and she has a magnificent fan like tail. One lays a blue egg, while the other lays a blue green one, we don’t know which one lays which egg though.
Ara looking very pretty and demure.
Carna of the magnificent tail.
Scales is the name of the Gold Laced Wyandotte due to the pattern on her feathers. ‘Dragon’ was the Brydon’s first option, but as she’s so shy and at the bottom of the pecking order we decided that a magnificent and fiercesome name like ‘Dragon’ just didn’t suit her.
She’s so shy this is the best photo I’ve go so far. She’s the one at the back, showing off her fluffy bloomers.
The WelsummerXBuff Sussex we’ve called Welzy. My great grandmother was Nana Wells, fondly referred to by others as Welsie, so it appealed to me.
Welzy looking quite beautiful.
And lastly we’ve named the bantam bitzer Pretty. I call her ‘Miss Pretty’ when she’s being cheeky, which is most of the time! She’s the cheekiest member of the flock, what she lacks in size she makes up for in spunk.
Pretty grazing amongst the grasses
I couldn’t decide which photo showed her off better, so here’s the other one.