It probably comes as no surprise that I find chickens to be beautiful. Like snowflakes, each one is just slightly different enough from the others to make it an individual within the flock. (even our twins Simon and Garfunkel are distinguishable from each other – Simon has an extra little toe and Garfunkel’s top hat lies a little flatter than Simon’s.)
Just take a look at the gorgeous patterns on the backs of some of our juveniles. Now remember that all of these guys have the same father (Rocky Road) but you can definitely tell that they have different moms.
First we have this white slightly speckled one.
Here is another white feathered chick, check out the design on this one. The white chicks are the largest of our juveniles and one guess is that their mom is probably one of the ISAs (a type of chicken that is bred for hardy egg production.)
Our brown “mutts” (Ameraucanas) all look fairly similar, they all have a toffee/black/tan speckled look to them but if you look closely you can see differences. Their colors are definitely blooming as are their personalities. For example, this little dappled one here has decided that she loves to be held and if you slowly stroke her from her head to her tail, she’ll close her eyes and will fall asleep in your lap.