A friend of a customer was desperately searching for a home for her chickens before she moves. She doesn’t know the breed or the age. Sure…bring them on over!
They arrived late last night. I couldn’t see much, it was dark and they were in a small cage, but they were clearly a rag-taggy bunch: 6 ladies and a roo. “What breed does she think they are?” I asked my customer who brought them. “She said they might be Rhode Island Reds.” “Uh, no.”
So this morning I let them out in the yard and could clearly see they are Americaunas, or more likely, the mongrel breed of Easter Eggers.
Their feathers are in deplorable condition. Body weight seems fine and their feet look decent, but those feathers. I think they were probably well fed in their previous home, but kept in too tight of confinement. As they walked around the yard, they kept stretching their wings and flapping them–as if to be pleased that they had plenty of room.
Then the roosters met. My White Orpington is on the right. They flopped around for a few seconds but pecking order was established quickly and without blood. (Sorry so blurry–I was quite a distance away).
And just a reminder of pretty, healthy feathering from my White Orpingtons….
I wanted to record what these new friends look like so that hopefully I can look back and see a difference very quickly.