The rumors were true! We did get little chick chicks (and yes, as I am typing this, my internal voice is two octaves higher than normal. They’re so cute!!!) We brought home four chickens from a nearby feed store. Two are Buff Orpingons (“Diamond” and “Christmas Day”), one is a Welsummer (“Runaway Chicken”), and one is a Light Brahma (“Mama Brahma White Pajama”). Though the guides I read recommend keeping chicks of different ages separate, we eded up with a flock of chicks ranging from one week to three weeks and it’s working out.
True to her name, Mama is the oldest, biggest, and bossiest. Christmas Day and Diamond, the babies, like to follow her around (in fact, they were all housed together in the feed store). And don’t tell my kids, ’cause she’s M’s chick: Runaway Chicken is my favorite. She spends a good amount of time looking around and checking things out. She’s also the best forager and when we let the chicks play on our lawn, Runaway Chicken finds the best wild treats. While the Orpingtons follow Mama around, Runaway Chicken blazes her own trail. I like that in a chicken.