My Tiny Brood of Backyard Chooks

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Meet Harriet and the rest of the new chicks.


Hannah Hen brought her chicks outside today into the run. I didn’t get much done today because I spent most of the day watching these amazing little creatures. Tomorrow will probably be the same.

The middle chick in the photo was the first born. She is the one I saw for a fleeting moment the day she hatched. Her name is Harriet. How do I know she is a girl? Well apparently, accordingly to the breeder you can usually tell the Partridge Wyandotte bantam girl chicks by the heavy eyeliner look. Lizzie, a lady who also hatched chicks from the same breeder can confirm that this is a reasonably good way to tell the girls from the boy. She guessed correctly the sex of most of her chicks using the eyeliner method.

So the little chick on the right of the photo is clearly a boy going by this method. The others? Hard to tell. The rest of them have more eyeliner than the one of the right but a lot less than Harriet. Oh well, we will just have to wait and see.

25 thoughts on “Meet Harriet and the rest of the new chicks.

  1. Awwwww, awwwwww, awwwww, LOVE them, awwwwwww!

  2. Too cute! I got my girls as baby chicks and spent ridiculous amounts of time just watching them….well I still spend lots of time with my girls…( when I am home and not in Ireland). Who knew chickens were so addicting ?! Looking forward to more pics and stories. Patti

  3. OMG I want one. No, 2 – Harriet and that darling little pale boy on the right. What a couple they’d make. Are you sure you can’t keep just one rooster šŸ™‚

    Hannah seems very relaxed with you photographing, I’m sure she’s proud and is more focussed on restocking her reserves after her long vigil than worrying about that silly human that is forever lurking in the shadows.

  4. They are very addictive little things. So cute.

    Laura, I had a zoom lens so I was as far away from them as I could be. I took the photos through an open roof hatch on the run. Hannah Hen got a bit titchy with me and called all of the babies under her not long after I had taken this shot. šŸ™‚

  5. Absolutely PRECIOUS !!!!! Yes, you will be watching them for hours, they are just too adorable not too. Oh how I wish I had my camera handy the day I saw one of Georgia’s chicks taking a nap on top of her back. Have fun!

  6. I’m so thrilled for you!

  7. Awwwwwww! They are adorable! I want one šŸ“
    Looking forward for more pics… Thank you for sharing!

  8. How wonderful! We are hoping one of ours will go broody this spring, but we don’t know much about letting a hen raise chicks. How high is your nest box off the floor of the coop? Do you have a ramp out the door to the outside? Are the chicks able to manage those two obstacles ok? I am wondering this because I am not sure if we had chicks if they could get in and out of the nest box and if they could manage the ramp to the outdoors. If we decided to let one raise chicks we might need to put her in a different coop and run that were set up properly for chicks.

    • Hi Willowcreekfarm.
      My nest box is only about 10cm off the floor and I put wood shavings against it so the chicks have no problems getting in and out of the nest. But unfortunately the coop door to the outside is about 30cm off the ground with a ramp. We thought the chickens could navigate the ramp but they can’t and we had to take drastic measures to get them back inside. It was a bit stressful for both mama hen and me. So today we need to do something about it but not sure what yet.
      A separate coop away from the other hens is definitely advised. I moved my other two in a different coop that had an even bigger ramp, quite early on so as not to disturb her.

  9. Adorable chicks! What type of hen?

  10. So cute and very exciting. It will be a learning experience and something to write about everyday! Best of luck!!!

  11. Oh…they are so cute! Great job on your part! So proud of Hannah Hen too! šŸ™‚

  12. So pretty! I love them – simply adorable!

  13. OMG!!! They are so cute!!! I watched our chicks every moment I could as well. My guess is that the three on the left (with the darker heads) are pullets and the 2 on the right are cockerels… we’ll see if I’m right. šŸ™‚ One of our cockerels started crowing at 6 days old, so it was pretty easy to tell after that. Plus they got bigger a lot faster than the girls and started being bullies at 5 weeks old, so it wasn’t too hard to say goodbye to them. But maybe you’ll get addicted to raising chicks and have to keep one around for that benefit. šŸ™‚

    • I think cockerels are definitely a No No at our place. (Notice I say I think). But the coop is right outside our bedroom and we don’t want 4am crowing.
      I agree, now that I have read more about sexing partridge wyandottes, I think the 2 on the right are boys and the ones on the left are girls, so we shall both see.

  14. Very well done! Congratulations.

    I love the sound of roosters crowing. When I can’t hear them I miss it. I think it is something people with close neighbors worry about but once you have your own (if it doesn’t cause other people problems – which it will if they are within earshot) you’ll never feel right again not hearing them crow.

    • I must admit that I would love to keep one of the roosters but my husband would need convincing and we have neighbours that might not be too happy. I’ll have to see what happens.

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