Yesterday was the perfect weather to be outside. Notice how happy my mom is to finally be out there building the coop!
This coop needs to get built, because the chicks are being mailed from My Pet Chicken the week of June 28th. I already have a couple of ‘play dates’ lined up, because everyone wants to come and cuddle the babies!
We decided upon 11 chickens, 9 of which are all different breeds. Besides the Cuckoo Maran and the Easter Egger I’d previously blogged about, we are getting THREE bantam silkies, two white ones and a buff. They may not lay as many eggs as the other breeds, but they make up for it with sheer gorgeousness.
My Pet Chicken has this to say about Silkies:
Of all the ornamental chicken breeds, the Silkie Bantam is one of the most popular and beloved, and certainly one of the most entertaining to watch. Can’t you tell why? They’re the lap kitty of the chicken world, complete with hair-like plumage and an incredibly sweet temperament. We have heard it said that Silkies are like a “flock” of kittens… but unlike your other pets, your chickens can actually provide your breakfast! Silkies originated in the Far East, where they are still kept (and eaten) today. They have black skin and bones and 5 toes instead of the normal 4. In addition, Silkie hens make wonderful brooders and mothers, and are even known to adopt baby ducks if given the chance!
Here’s a video, so you can appreciate just how gorgeous they are:
I think they look like gryphons!
I’ve always wanted a bantam chicken just for the eggs. I like miniature things! Here’s a comparison, standard to bantam:
What’s not to love?