Mar. 23rd, 2017

committed

Mar. 23rd, 2017 09:06 pm
summersgate: (eggshells)
I just now made the commitment - coming the week of April 17th - 8 baby chickens!

3 Astrolorps - black
1 Rhode Island Red - red
1 Delaware - white with black tail and head
1 Barred Rock - black and white striped
1 White Rock - white
1 Golden Laced Wyandotte - brown and golden

I especially liked the idea of having Astrolorps - here is a description from the breeders:
Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed. They are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs. The Australorp's exceptionally soft, shiny black plumage has hints of green and purple in the sunlight. Peaceful and dignified, Australorps are an absolutely delightful bird which we highly recommend to anyone who wants a pet chicken that lays dependably.

I had a mixed flock of about 10 chickens back in 1983 and there was one chicken that was friendlier than all the others. She was an Astrolorp. I named her Dorothy. All the other chickens died off from old age as time went on till I didn't need a chicken coop anymore for just her, so then she lived in a little dog house on a table right outside the back door. She finally died at age 9, or maybe it was 10. I think one of the new chickens will need to be called Dorothy (2).

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