|3-day-old New Hampshire Red|
|3-day-old Red Star|
Being first-time chicken owners, we really don't know what we're getting ourselves into. And we've have several interesting discoveries already.
|Ooh - what's in the box?|
Second, the saying "Birds of a feather flock together" definitely holds true for chickens. The chicks do everything together; if one wants to have a snack, they all scurry over to the feeder. If one wants to take a nap under the heat lamp, they all huddle around into a chicky-pile. (Very cute, but hard to photograph - they tend to wake up when people come near enough to take a photo.)
Third, baby chicks grow really fast. We were amazed to watch how the New Hampshire Reds' wing-feathers and tail-feathers grew day-by-day. The two-week-old NH Reds look completely different now and are "huge" compared to the baby Red Stars. Both breeds as adults will be reddish brown and fairly similar in appearance, but it's fascinating how different they look as chicks.
|"Yellow" at two weeks old - we have temporary names for the chicks.|