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Here are the last of the chicks for this year: the Porcelain d’Uccle (light coloured chick) & the Barbu d’Anvers (dark colour chick). They are both bantam breeds that originated in Belgium. I don’t know what sex they are & since I canceled my order from MPC, I decided to give them Greek mythology names for the Ithakē Flock. The possible names for the d’Uccle are Nyx & Hades & for the d’Anvers, Sparta & Ares. They’re probably only a few days old, but they integrated with the Phoenixes very quickly.

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Mercury & Frost also met their parents for the first time this afternoon. They were only out there for an hour because the weather looked like it was going to rain & I’m still having nausea issues even though the pain meds have worn off (my ankles hurt so much today). However, things went well between everyone! The hens didn’t really seem too sure about the chicks. They’d come over to check them out, get really chatty amongst themselves, move to the far side of the pen, get really chatty amongst themselves, come back over, repeat. It wasn’t until towards the end of the hour that Penelope decided to check them out some more since I was over there. Odysseus, on the other hand, was extremely interested in the chicks. What surprised me was that it wasn’t in an aggressive manner like he would have with the dogs if they were that close to the pen or even me (he has nipped at my hand on the fencing once). No hostile body language, just checking them out from as many angles as he could manage. Mercury & Frost were more involved with dust bathing & excitedly eating grass to really notice their parents.

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I also watched the hens destroy a bumblebee like the pack of velociraptors in Jurassic Park. It was crazy. Nausicaä was the 1 who caught it & worked hard to keep it. I couldn’t believe how fast they moved on that poor thing. It never knew what hit it.

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Frost is most definitely a cockerel & Mercury is most definitely a pullet. Their comb development matches the Sebright rose comb exactly: the males have an obvious comb, while the females don’t. Not something you plan for, obviously, since you usually don’t know what you’re getting with chickens as far as the sex goes. Unless you’re getting them from a hatchery & even then there’s no 100% certainty with day old chicks being sexed correctly. I’m very happy about this. I almost changed his name to Dorian like I had planned if I got a cockerel from Odysseus & the hens, but I’ve decided to save that name for when I can score a couple ACxEE pullets to breed with him. My hope is that the cross would create an all black bird with a partial crest. If I can get a cockerel that looks like that, then I’ll name him Dorian. Dorian is my favourite NPC (nonplayable character) from Dragon Age: Inquisition & only the most fabulously dandy looking cockerel I can get can be named after him. I don’t know if I should still call him Frost since the huge silver stripe he had when he hatched is completely gone. There isn’t much that’s frosty about him anymore! I’ll have to think about it.

Mercury still has a set of lungs on her, just like her namesake, so despite the fact it kinda feels like a mix up of mythologies, she’ll remain named Mercury.

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