Friday, May 30, 2008

Free Bird Identified!!

When you order chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery, the minimum order is 25. With this they send a free, exotic bird. Only, they don't tell you which bird is your free bird, so unless you are adept at telling chicks apart, or got all of one type so that the free one really stands out, it can be hard to figure out which chick IS the free one!! It can be even more of a trick to figure out which breed your free bird is.
Till now we had thought she (we're pretty certain it is a hen) was possibly a Silver Laced Wyandotte or a Silver Penciled Rock. Then, as you can see in the photo, she started growing a lot of reddish brown feathers, meaning she wasn't either of those breeds. So, back to the catalogue we went to try and figure out just what she was and ... TADA - we know!!! She is an Araucana/Americana .. also known as an "Easter Egg Chicken." Why are they called this you may ask - well, because they lay eggs ranging from turquoise to deep olive to shades of brown in color!! Talk about being excited to see some eggs!

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