I'm hoping to get a blue or lavender Orp or two someday...
I noticed that one of your gals is banded - what info does the band have on it? I band wild birds for migration and ecology research, but I'm curious about reasons to band domestic birds.
The leg bands are to keep track of certain ones..age, breeding, etc..for a particular reason. This girl (and another) was merged into this group and is from a different breeding, so she is banded with a color/number for easy tracking. It also helps when you name chickens that look very much alike. Name matches number, until you learn their personalities better.
Haha Tsagirl - I really need to get to the hairdresser and get my grays dyed again.
fattie, I don't raise silkies anymore. A part of my heart misses them dearly, but I do have a preference for large fowl, so here I am with my big girls.
Thanks so much everyone. We are really enjoying watching this project develop too and the birds are turning into exactly what I wanted. Even the great orpington personalities that I strive for. I enjoy spending time and interacting with them.