Alrighty, no Gluten Free-zer Friday, ’cause I am just too excited about the chickens!  But I promise there will be Gluten Free Dairy Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble/Crisp tomorrow so you have something yummy to serve for the holiday weekend.  Sound good?  🙂

The chicks will look like these ladies when they grow up!

My little chicks had a photo shoot today.  Some liked it more than others.  I had to shoot FAST for some of the chicks who tried to make a mad dash for it- LOL!

I told my kiddos, who had already picked out names for the chicks before we even got them, that no chicken will be named until they get their big girl feathers, just in case there was a chicky tragedy…  BUT in my head I have already assigned some of the names to the chicks (I don’t listen to my own advice!).  Ready to see the chicks?  Here you go!

As this is the chicken that will grow up to be white, she will most likely be called Camilla.  California Whites are a classic American breed, great for backyard flocks; hardy, prolific layers.  A beautiful white chicken with a docile temperament, very productive white egg-layer, with a larger body than a Leghorn.  Size: 4-4.5 pounds  Eggs:  White   And apparently Gonzo thinks they have nice legs!

Gold Star or Golden Comet Chicken are guaranteed to be female because, unlike most breeds, female chicken are a different color that male chicks.  A hardy, docile bird, easy to work with , and a very good layer.  She will probably be called Margo.  Size 4- 4.5 pounds  Egg:  Brown

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All-American breed from the 1860’s, great dual-purpose bird, excellent layer, adaptable, cold-hardy and friendly, black and white zebra striped feathers.  This one might be called Edith or maybe Gonzo.  Size:  5.5 pounds   Egg:  Light blue, green or pinkish-brown

Buff Orphingtons were originally bred in England, cold-hardy, large friendly golden birds of quiet disposition, reliable layers of large brown eggs.  This one will probably be called Agnes.  Size:  6 pounds  Egg:  Brown

A superb dual-purpose heritage breed, good-natured, very cold-hardy, dependable layer, showy feathers are silvery white and edged with black. Size:  4 – 4.5 pounds   Egg:  Brown (I feel like I am putting a personal ad out for my chicks!  “And she likes pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain…”)  

Classic American breed, great for backyard flocks, hardy, prolific layers, calm disposition, lustrous, rich, dark red color with a black tail.  May be called Edith or Rhoda, but not sure on that…   Size:  5 – 5.5 pounds    Egg:  Brown

All-American breed from the 1860’s, great dual-purpose bird, excellent layer, adaptable, cold-hardy and friendly, black and white zebra striped feathers.  Size:  5 – 5.5 pounds  Egg:  Brown

The “Australian Orpington” is a prolific layer, docile, quiet, very hardy, shiny rich black plumage with a greenish-purple sheen.  And, you can see, this one tried to run as soon as it was free!  Silly chicken!  🙂  Size:  5 – 6.5 pounds  Egg:  Brown

There you go – now you have met the ladies.  Hope you all have a great weekend!