Introducing our two newest baby chicks!!
We had a lot of fun doing a little Easter chick photo shoot, getting portraits of all the girls since, just like kids, they grow up so fast!! Although, I am grateful that our kids don’t grow quite as quickly as baby chicks do 🙂
Meet Maple Maye and Earl Grey (Earl-the-Girl)
Maple is a Buff Orpington and Earl Grey is a black Australorp. Orpingtons are known as the “Golden Retrievers” of chickens, and Australorps were originally bred from black Orpingtons in Australia to withstand changing weather conditions….which is perfect for chicks living in Kansas!!
Maple acts like the baby sister of the flock. She is often sleepy and will close her eyes as soon as she’s held close. The other day she even dozed off while standing up on Gabe’s chest, her legs slowly folding under her as she drifted off to sleep! She is content to do her own thing, even when the other three are huddled together, but is also happy being with her family!
Earl Grey (Earl-the-Girl)
Gabe was adament on giving Earl an empowering name. Those were his exact words. He wanted to call her Onyx, but we compromised since he named the older two. I suppose Earl-the-Girl is sort of like ‘A boy named Sue’ seems pretty empowering to me! She’s definitely a tough little one and stands up for herself against the bigger girls. Earl doesn’t love to be held very much and will duck her head back into our hands trying to wiggle free until we let her go. It’s also fun to watch her get so focused on what she is doing that she fails to notice when the other three wander off without her. Then, she’ll eventually look up to realize she’s alone and will start peep-crying until she finds out where they are!
Moonwatcher and Kinkajou are growing so quickly. We were nervous about having three different ages of chicks because of how fast they grow and the size difference, but it has worked out well. Kinkajou is a week older than Maple and Earl, and Moon is two weeks older than Kinkajou. We’ll wait until the youngest two are at least 5-6 weeks old before they move outside to their coop. It’s so much fun seeing how all four of their personalities are so different!
Her feather pattern is so beautiful!!
Moon is going through the teenager stage 🙂
She loves to perch on everything and is really learning how to use her wings.
We love them all so much!! We play and cuddle with them every day, getting them used to people as much as possible. I never thought we would be raising chickens, but God has a way of surprising us! This has definitely been a fun, crazy adventure!!