First, I’ll start with the standard-size hens. It was an easy decision to add two Black Australorp chicks to our order this year. We have been thrilled with Hedwig’s demeanor and egg production. She is friendly and agreeable, rarely arguing with her coop mates.
I chose a Welsummer chick for different reasons. First, I thought that the hens and roosters of the breed were beautiful. I’m not alone in this belief. A Welsummer rooster has been gracing the front of the Cornflakes box since 1957.The Welsummer’s plumage wasn’t the only appeal for me. I knew that adding a Welsummer to the coop meant the promise of finding dark terracotta colored eggs waiting for me in the nest box. I have always wanted a breed that produces dark-tinted eggs, so the Welsummer became a perfect choice.
Last, but certainly not least, were the two Mottled Cochin bantam chicks. As chicks, they have us marveling at their beautiful creamy yellow feathers. We know that the buttery yellow color will pass in favor of the mottled pattern that gives their breed its name. As adults, they will display the black and white feathers of their breed. Today, they are adorable and comical, chasing each other around the brooding pen. Their white wing feathers are just starting to appear and their appearance changes dramatically each day.
Watching these baby chicks develop into the hens that will provide our family with eggs and garden entertainment is a joy. They have been entertaining us since they arrived, and I don’t imagine that changing any time soon. Witnessing my children grow up along with them is an experience I will always cherish.
Each time my children remark in amazement at how quickly these chicks are growing up, I nod in agreement … knowing that I feel the same way about them. These chicks won’t be babies forever, just as the youngest generation living at 1840 Farm won’t be children forever.
It’s simply the way of nature. I’ll continue to enjoy the youth that brings our farm to life for as long as it lasts. I’ll look forward to proudly seeing the adolescents that will develop alongside each other. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that our youngest generation will be chicken keepers for a long time to come.