Just ordered fancy ornamental chicks, shipped from Connecticut (My Pet Chicken) on the 25th of October. Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantams & Black Feather Footed Silkie Bantams. Future plans to breed the black Silkies, hopefully at least one in the shipment is nice quality. Am I asking too much for her to be willing to hatch eggs too? You never know… but that’s what makes it fun.
October/November is the perfect time to raise baby chicks in Phoenix, Arizona. The temperatures stay between 80 & 90 degrees, and the nights around 65. Usually just radiant heat is needed in the brooder.
Meet Cookie, she is a 2 year old Buff Silkie Bantam… and our little mother hen. She is the one girl I can count on to set on fertile eggs and NEVER give up until they hatch. Don’t let her size fool you, she runs the coop, the flock knows better than to mess with her, the eggs, or her chicks. She weighs only about 1.5 pounds, and has chosen her one and only friend to be Piper, a 8.5 pound Standard Cochin.
I’ve mentioned in the past that it’s a good idea to have your flock members all about the same size and weight to minimize bickering. It’s not a rule, only a precaution. You just never know if the pecking order ritual is going to be a peaceful one, or a war zone. In this case, we have a peaceful friendship… but not without rank.
Cookie was the only survivor of five mail order chicks in 2016. I didn’t want her in the brooder all alone so I went to every local feed store in hopes of finding baby chicks to put in with her. No luck finding chicks 2-3 days old, all I could find were week old Standard Cochins. Here we go with size again… these chicks were way too big. Having zero choice, I took a chance the twice her size Cochins wouldn’t pick on this frail little Silkie. They didn’t, just the usual drama. When night came and the cold set in, they all huddled together and all was forgotten. Whew!
I sold all the Cochins when they reached 4 months old, except Piper. I guess Cookie never forget that without Piper, she may not have survived.
Peaches, an older Silkie and daughter Willow are spending quality time having a dust bath together. Peaches hatched this young hatch-a-long pullet in April of this year and they are still inseparable. Her other chicks cut the apron strings months ago and show no interest in continuing a bond. As a matter of fact, Peaches has been demoted to the bottom of the pecking order by her own adopted babies! Happy she has a friend.
Willow is half Ameraucana, half mystery. Her eggs are olive. Cool!