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Baby the Buff Orpington

  1. autumnhearth
    Almost a year ago we brought home our first chicks from Meyer Hatchery.
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    We chose six different breeds. My son picked an Easter Egger, my husband selected a Silver Grey Dorking and I chose Black Copper Marans. We also decided to get a Golden Buff for our everyday layer and a Buckeye for color, hardiness and state pride. Finally for friendliness and snuggles we all agreed we should have a Buff Orpington, a breed we had read every family flock needed, she has certainly lived up to that reputation.

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    When we got home Baby spent most of the day under the warmer while some of her sisters explored

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    Eventually she wandered out and discovered the food and water

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    On the second day I did a photo shoot of each chick, while her sisters posed for the camera...

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    She just took a nap

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    Day 3 The Golden Girls, she is in the middle

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    Baby Buff, the Buckeye and Amelia looking more distinct from the side

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    By day four I knew she was different, she was constantly tapping and peeping to come out with me

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    She found her love of snuggling

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    And selfies

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    And perching on my shoulder

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    And falling asleep on my lap

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    Day 6 I introduced them to dirt and greens to peck and scratch through

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    Day 8 she met our cat, Pan

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    But when she tried to peck him it became clear their friendship as not meant to be

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    Day 9, a stump and perch were introduced to their environment

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    When my parents visited the chicks my dad observed she was a bit of a loner

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    But she just prefers human companionship

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    Day 10 pecking at her shadow

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    Practicing dust bathing on the rug

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    And napping in between

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    She grew beautiful angel like wings

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    Though she didn't grow as quickly as her "big sister" Amelia, the leader of the chicks,
    but I knew one day she would be bigger than them

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    Posing with the Buckeye, I think she looks like a toy or muppet in this picture

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    At 2 weeks old the girls had their first day out

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    Keeping close to me at first

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    Then exploring the world, my son picked the daffodil for her

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    Growing bolder, jumping on the edge of the warmer

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    Getting some time to perch alone

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    Day 20 still small and scoopable

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    3 weeks old, little shoulder bird

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    And chest bird... I'm standing straight up here

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    Visiting with Rowan

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    And running back to momma

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    Such a cutie

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    Staying close

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    Sweet girl

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    Hanging out with Victoria the Dorking

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    One month old, listening to the birds outside

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    Selfie

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    Little ham

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    The girls at just over a month old

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    Snuggling with Amelia

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    Baby in the hand

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    Hamming it up, day 45

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    Perching on the woodpile

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    Snuggles

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    On the way outside, Baby took a detour to perch on a thin dowel rod, day 50

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    When I couldn't supervise free ranging the girls spent most of their summer days in their movable pen

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    Sometimes they had a small human visitor

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    Digging in the yard

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    Day 55, waiting for the food to be refilled

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    Mint and peas ice cubes on a hot day

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    Cooling her feet

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    Victoria showing her how it's done

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    Two months old

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    In the wild carrots, aka Queen Anne's Lace

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    Bedtime snuggles in the brooder, while the coop is being finished up

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    Frozen banana with Amelia

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    Starting to get a tinge of pink

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    Walking on top of the brooder

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    Dust bathing

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    In the creeping charlie

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    First day out in the coop

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    Staying in for a few days to learn home

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    3 months old, out in their run playing with their new treat toy. This is when the pecking order was first established.
    Baby and Amelia found themselves at the bottom with Morgaine bossing her way to the top.

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    But as Baby became possessive of my attention she slowly began her climb toward the top.

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    Snuggles, snuggles all for herself

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    Gotta love chicken hugs

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    Posing with mom

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    A peck on the cheek

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    4 months old

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    Baby Buff was only supposed to be her chick nickname, but Baby just seemed to fit

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    Starting to fill out and get that nice Orp shape

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    Inside for a visit

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    Week 19 hanging out in the coop, where things are soon to get exciting

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    Week 20 Clara and Amelia are about to start laying and as their hormones start to change and they become more submissive, Baby rises to second in command under Morgaine. I wish I could have captured her ridiculous kung fu bunny moves that slowly wore them down.

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    Trespassing in the garden

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    Week 26 Look at that pink comb and little wattles

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    Hanging out in the coop more

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    Baby in the nest box!

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    Where she would go on to spend a lot of her time

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    Baby's first egg, peach with with speckles

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    Baby, Amelia and Clara's eggs

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    Snuggles please?

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    Week 28 selfie

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    Week 29 hanging out with me while Morgaine lays her first eggs

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    Week 30 stealing the middle nest box when Victoria tried to lay her first egg

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    Week 31 mid-November brought early snow

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    Week 32 the snow melted and we had a last bit of sunshine and warmth before the bitter winter set in

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    Sometime in January

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    February

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    March 1st Baby's fabulous fluffy butt!

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    Finally all the snow has melted!

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    One year old! Baby and her sisters are officially hens!

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    Baby got back, April

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    Baby grazing by the fairy garden in May

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    Baby in the warm morning glow
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    What is this egg doing here?

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    13 months

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    Snuggles, please?

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  1. Rhodebar Lover
    It's so fun watching chicks grow up!
  2. autumnhearth
  3. Ballerina Bird
    This was absolutely adorable; I really enjoyed it.
  4. lovepeeps
    I love all the photos.

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