Only two months ago Ebony the Black Pekin Bantam was Mum to four gorgeous little bundles of fluff. They were sold as pure bred Silkie chicks. (There were two others but sadly they died within days of coming home with us from the auction.)
A week or so after that first photo 'Tabby' looked like this ....
... now she's a big fluffy girl.
Grey Boy looked like this ...
.... then whoosh, now every day is a bad hair day!!
Snow White looked like this ....
..... then she went all 'can't do a thing with it' fluffy and bold as brass.
Flash was a mere tiddler ....
... now what a handsome little bird.
Although I am not at all convinced this is a Silkie at all, I'll have to do a bit of research here I think.
When pecking in the grass with Mum you can see they are all the same size. In fact our lovely neighbours who looked after the birds while we were away were not sure which was Mum and which were chicks!!
They are totally brave mixing with the 'big girls' and Caldwell the cockerel for the first time this week. We wanted to supervise the introductions so we held off opening the outer door of the Eglu until we got back. It all went well with the bigger chickens accepting the chicks into the flock and Mum having only a few minor tussles with some of our shall we say 'stroppier' girls.
Now they are like little roadrunners, running this way and that and tiring poor Mama out, can you see that hassled 'Mum's had enough' look in her eyes, poor thing.
Each night they all take themselves back to bed in the Eglu and sleep separate from the rest of the flock, banding together as a little family, it's lovely to see. They will be allowed to do this for as long as they want to, if they choose to sleep in the henhouse it will be when they want to.
A little bit of 'live action', just for you.
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