Meet my first hens and tell me how pretty they are ;-)

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Raen, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Raen

    Raen Songster

    Nov 3, 2010
    These are the girls! They're 1.5 years old, I got them from a nice lady off Craig's List. They're just hatchery girls, but they're friendly and pretty and I'm so excited! I brought them home in dog crates, and they seem to be adjusting to their new coop quite well.

    They appear healthy except that one of the girls is missing some feathers around her vent, and another has a few misplaced ones on her head. I'm not sure whether this is anything to worry about; I think they were a bit crowded in their previous home (I'd say they had 2-3 sf inside each, and 4-5 in a pen outside).

    The lady I got them from had quite the little farm operation, and all the animals and their pens looked clean and well-kept, but I do think these girls will enjoy having some more space. They have 9 sf each inside, here, a covered outdoor area of about the same size, and 1/4 acres to free-range in.

    Anyway, here are the pictures!

    The coop (sorry for the mess, still working on that):


    The whole flock:


    The Brahma, who I think is a very pretty girl:

    Sadie, a Buff Orpington, so far the bravest of the bunch:


    Rosa, a Red Star, also very inquisitive and not-skittish:



    She's the one missing some butt-feathers. Doesn't look infected or like there are mites or anything, just missing feathers. Should I freak out?

    Cuckcoo Maran, the least friendly of the bunch according to the previous owner:


    This is the girl who's missing a few face feathers. Can you see it in this photo?



    Also, I can't remember what breed she's supposed to be. Splash something. Any ideas? You can see her whole body on the left of this photo:


    Anyway, there they are! They're staying cooped up for a few days to aclimate, then into the covered area once I get it predator-proof (by Tues, I'd guess) and then they can free-range. Wish me luck!
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    The do look pretty!
    The one with missing face feathers may have just been bullied a bit, I wouldn't worry about her too much. I would super duper check everyone for lice or mites, but sometimes chickens do get their butt picked on too.

    If you intend to free range, you'll need to keep them in the coop for about a week anyway, so they will know where to return at dusk.
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They're beautiful!

    Good luck

  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    That last one looks like a Salmon Faverolle.

  5. Shai

    Shai In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2010
    Good luck with the new hens. No advice on the feather issues, just wanted to say you have a cute little set up there [​IMG]
  6. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    they look nice and healthy! [​IMG]
  7. Raen

    Raen Songster

    Nov 3, 2010
    Quote:That's what it was! Thanks! There was a still-warm cream colored egg in the nest box when I went to get them, I bet it was hers.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010
  8. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    What lovely, lucky girls! You should be proud of your mixed bevy of beauties! Keep us updated on their progress in their "Fairy Tale" coop.
  9. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Glad to see everything panned out and you were in fact able to get the girls! They are beautiful! You're in for a real treat...
  10. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    Beautiful Girls!! [​IMG] That one missing some feathers could also possibly be getting over a moult!! Looks like their all healthy & happy!!

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