Urban Homesteading on a Small City Lot: The Chicks are Now Eight Days Old

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Chicks are Now Eight Days Old

Here they are after I threw in some sunflower sprouts from the yard.  They didn't know what to think about them.  They half heartedly pecked at them, but didn't seem to eat any.

I put them in my light box that I use for photographing my crafts and took pictures of each one.  I can tell them apart most of the time now.  Two of them have tentative names.

This little girl's is quickly becoming my favorite.  I know I shouldn't have a favorite, but I can't help it.  She is very friendly and outgoing.  I call her Lilith.
She kept walking right up to the camera and checking it out.  It made it hard to get a good picture of her.

Here you can clearly see the white next to her eye that easily sets her apart from her sisters.

 I also use the feet coloring to tell them apart sometimes. 

 Lilith has the most developed tail and wing feathers, as well.

This little girl is much more redish/brown than her sisters.  Her feet are also lighter colored. I haven't named her yet.

You can barely see the yellow middle toes.  One looks like it doesn't have any yellow.

She has the second most developed tail of the four.  Look how much red/brown she has compared to Lilith.

The next one I have been calling poopy butt, but I don't want that to end up being her name.  I hope the poopy buttness is just a phase.  I read on Backyard Chickens that the poop sometimes sticks to their feathers back there and you can just pull of the poop on their butts and take the feathers out with it without causing them too much harm, so I did it.  She is not very happy with me right now.
She is darker black on the head than the other three and has no tail feathers showing yet.

Her body type is different.  Her legs are stalkier and her butt is fatter.  I think she is the heaviest of the four.

These are her feet.  She has very striking yellow middle toes, even more so than Lilith.

And last but not least, Fluffy.  I started calling her fluffy because while the other girls were getting their feathers, she was staying fat and fluffy like the day I got her.  She does have some wing feathers now, but she is a late bloomer.
She also squeaks the most when I pick her up.

She has quite a bit of brown fluff and her butt fluff is whiter than the rest.

You can see that her feet are quite light, and she has one middle toe where the yellow extends much farther than the other.

It is hard to get a good picture of them in the brooder because of the red light, but here they all are after I had taken each of their pictures and put them back. Lilith has her eye on me.  She usually does.


  1. Oh my goodness so cute!!! I think Lilith is the one I liked best too, at least she had the most developed feathers then.

  2. She has the most curious personality. I'm having loads of fun with them.