Baker Street Chicks

  1. autumnhearth
    Our first chicks, brought home April 7th, 2014 from Meyer Hatchery. From top to bottom in pecking order they are: Morgaine the Black Copper Marans, Baby the Buff Orpington, Clara the Easter Egger, Victoria the Silver Grey Dorking and Amelia the Golden Buff (red/golden sex-link). We also had a Buckeye chick that we suspected of being a cockerel and was causing lots of drama so he was re-homed.

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    Picking up the girls from Meyer. Left to right: Golden Buff, Buff Orpington, Easter Egger, Black Copper Marans, Buckeye and Silver Grey Dorking crouched down in front

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    Amelia, the Golden Buff, first to eat, drink and explore and also the first to get a name because of her big personality

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    Little Dorking, later named Victoria, my husband's chick. We were a bit worried about her as the "runt", she slept a lot the first day but on day two she was pecking chicks and taking names

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    Morgaine the Black Copper Marans, my breed pick, a sweet girl if a bit shy at the time. Who knew she would one day become a bossy loudmouth.

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    Clara the Easter Egger, my four year old son's pick. A cute fuzzy little chipmunk that would grow up into a big beautiful hawk.

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    The girls on day two snuggled under their Brinsea Ecoglow Warmer. Left to right: Amelia, Morgaine, the Buckeye, Victoria and Clara the EE behind them is Baby Buff Buff

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    Day 2: The "Golden Girls" Amelia the Golden Buff, Baby Buff and the Buckeye

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    Day 2: Amelia in the basket

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    Day 2: Buckeye chick in the basket

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    Day 3: Morgaine and the Buckeye have lost their egg teeth

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    Day 4: Fuzzy butts eating

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    Day 5: Sweet Baby Buff, my lap chick

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    Day 6: Clover!

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    Day 7: Rowan holding his chick, Clara

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    Day 8: Baby Buff and our cat Pan, such a patient cat

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    Little Dorking

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    Morgaine

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    Day 10: Amelia, not a little fluff ball any more

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    Baby Buff, still a bit of a fluff ball

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    Baby Buff's angel wings

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    Clara Oswin Oswald, you beauty!

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    Day 12: Clara and the Easter Eggs

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    Day 15: Two weeks, first field trip! The girls stayed close to mom, Amelia hid under my dress

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    Day 20: Clara and Amelia- The Companions

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    Day 22: 3 weeks, Baby loves climbing on me

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    Day 23: Clara the EE

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    Oh Baby

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    Snuggly Baby

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    Victoria and Morgaine

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    Day 31: Amelia striking a pose

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    Gorgeous green Easter Egger legs

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    Clara is getting lots of black feathers on her head

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    Day 32: Selfie with Baby Buff

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    Day 33: Clara, Buckeye, Amelia and Baby Buff

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    Day 34: Victoria, Baby Buff, Buckeye, Amelia and Clara and Morgaine in back

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    Day 36: Amelia and Victoria resting on top the pillow

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    Baby Buff in the hand

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    Day 38: Sweet Amelia

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    Day 40: Last day with the Buckeye, farewell you handsome boy!

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    Day 43: 6 weeks old, Clara the shoulder hawk... err chicken

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    Rowan holding a very sweet Victoria

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    Day 62: Amelia in the thyme

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    Poor Clara, we think she had a small stroke, she was temporarily unable to use one of her legs and wings, but she recovered within a week and became the first pullet to lay.

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    3 months old! The girls out in the their almost completed run, playing with their new Manna Pro treat ball

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    15 weeks: Clara looking noble

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    Pretty 15 week old pullet Amelia

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    Clara

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    Morgaine, 16 weeks

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    Victoria in my lap

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    Baby Buff, 4 months old

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    18 weeks: Amelia near the Queen Anne's Lace

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    Clara, 19 weeks

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    Amelia, 19 weeks

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    20 weeks: Clara laid her first egg inside the house with my assistance, I think she was egg bound

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    Clara's first egg washed

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    Clara laying in the nest box!

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    Clara's first three eggs

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    Amelia week 22, the morning just before laying her first egg, apparently she wanted to fly the coop

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    She was very nervous and kept going in and out of the coop, she almost dropped her egg off the perch, but I picked her up and she laid in my lap. Her first few eggs looked pinkish lavender but they soon turned terra cotta.

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    Clara and Amelia eggs

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    Amelia in the nest box

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    Victoria, 24 weeks

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    Baby laying her first egg, 26 weeks

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    Victoria keeping her company

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    Baby's first egg, light peach with white specks. She often lays pink tinted eggs.

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    Baby, Amelia and Clara's eggs

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    Morgaine, Amelia and Clara week 27

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    Concentrated bit of blue at the end of one of Clara's eggs

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    Victoria, week 28

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    Morgaine laying her first egg on Halloween, week 29

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    Victoria waiting on Morgaine, she is the last girl to lay

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    Morgaine's first egg had a very thick purple bloom on it and large dark spots on it.

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    Front row: Baby, Morgaine and Clara's eggs
    Back row: Amelia's eggs

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    Morgaine's first three eggs. Bottom left is unwashed, right is washed and top is washed and polished. They got significantly darker after this.

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    Victoria, one week later before laying her first egg. She really wanted the middle nest box but the other girls kept kicking her out.

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    Victoria's first egg! Week 30.

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    Love the new color pallete

    Then the snow came... in November...

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    Baby, 31 weeks

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    Amelia against the leaves

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    Clara in the snow

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    Having some warm mash

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    Victoria, snow chicken

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    Chocolate and Caramel and Pink and Mint.
    Taken just before Morgaine stopped laying two months ago.

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    Morgaine, back in November, with only one tiny tip of minor frostbite, it got much worse.

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    Victoria's comb actually shrank down soon after this photo was taken, she stopped laying in early December, going through a soft molt at 8 months

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    Baby's comb stayed small and has only gotten tiny light tips, no black though. She's continued to lay through the winter.

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    Morgaine went through a rough patch in early January, one morning I noticed she was walking stiffly and by that afternoon all she wanted to do was lay down. I brought her in and examined her, she wasn't egg bound and was eating fine but she seemed really depressed. So the next day I brought Victoria in to keep her company, since she was molting anyway. She was the most excellent companion, always laying down next to her quietly even though she likes to explore the house. I credit her for Morgaine's quick recovery, soon Morgaine was preening again and complaining loudly (a favorite pass time). I took them back outside on a "warmer" day and they both maintained their status in the pecking order.

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    Amelia, Clara and Victoria in late January or early February. Both Clara and Victoria were molting here, but Clara's only lasted about two weeks then she went right back to laying. See how much smaller Victoria's comb is?

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    And my poor Morgaine.

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    And from the end of February. Victoria is seriously such a sweet chicken. She may have laid last and stopped laying soon after that but she is such a good companion of human and chicken alike. She keeps all the girls company in the coop while they are laying. She's like that friend that follows you into the ladies room to chat. She is not demanding of attention like Baby Buff but will come sit next to you or on your lap if you are sitting still. She is technically my husband's chicken but I think she's my favorite.

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  1. autumnhearth
  2. Mountain Peeps
    Awesome!! Love all the pics especially the first one!:)
  3. Mah1Mah1
    Clara & Amelia are both very beautiful!!!
  4. ChemicalchiCkns
    Peeps for All.

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