Saturday, November 22
This is our first chicks before they were attacked in the middle of the night. We lost 11 that night, probably to coons. We had just moved them from the brooder to the hen house. They were buff orpingtons, white silkies, white sultans, and two Americanas. White sultans are show birds only. They lay white eggs. Buff orpingtons lay brown eggs and the Americanas lay "easter eggs", not to be confused with an aracuna, which is a rumpless chicken. After the raid, we ended up with two sultans, which were roosters. We traded them for hens. The one Americana rooster, Macho Man, was very mean so we traded him, too. We have one buff orpington and one white silkie left. The white silkie has turqoise earlobes. Look for the picture of Puff-Puff--yes, my wife named it. Now, we have added a barred rock hen, one unidentified, and one half silkie chicken to our collection. A motley crew! So now we have a mix of six hens.