Guess what showed up at our house yesterday?
Three baby chicks are hanging out here with us and will hopefully be joining our three big girls out in the backyard in a few months!
I had originally planned on getting another buff orpington and 2 americaunas but ended up changing my mind on the americaunas. I love getting those blue/green eggs but our first americaunas have been a little less friendly and I wanted to try another beautiful friendly breed.
Everything I have read about the wyandotte seems to be what we’re looking for as an addition to our little flock. They’re supposed to be friendly, beautiful birds that are great layers. I’m slightly concerned because they’re considered a bit dominant towards other birds but Frank will probably sort that nonsense out right away. I’ve never integrated young chicks in with older birds before but there’s still plenty of time before we have to worry about that.
Here’s what they should look like once they’re full-grown:
Gorgeous, huh? Unfortunately, out of the 2 wyandotte pullets that we got, one is quite tiny and seems to be very weak. She’s made it through the night but she worries me. She’s still rather weak and isn’t moving much at all. In fact, although the other 2 have been named, I warned the boys about the frailty of some chicks and told them we might want to name her after a few days. Hopefully she pulls through! I struggle with death of any kind but especially with cute fuzzy little baby things. This homesteading stuff is not for the faint of heart.
They’re both quite lively and keep each other busy in their box. So far, Sunny (the buff orp) is the biggest and looks a bit older than the wyandottes. She’s been trying to establish herself at the top of the pecking order and can be a bit of a bully. Maybe I shouldn’t be so worried about the wyandotte’s supposed dominance issues . . . but Dottie seems to handle her own quite well already. Time will tell – it’s probably MUCH too soon to say about these things.