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It finally stopped raining this afternoon! If it stays nice through the weekend & I don’t end up with another migraine that makes me wish I were dead instead of feeling that pain, we’ll get started on either the main coop build or the grow out pen/rooster bachelor pad. I’m excited to get started on this because Frost & Mercury need an enclosure to spend the days in outside & the Ithakē Flock needs a permanent residence. Moving them back & forth from the barn can’t be good for their stabilization needs as far as egg laying goes. I mean, I know Polish hens aren’t exactly prolific egg layers, but I feel like moving them every morning & night right now is causing stress they don’t need.

I’ll just feel better once they have an actual home.

Little Blue Red (potential names are Lila & Nova) isn’t getting much bigger but its feathers are starting to come in pretty good. It has a more upright posture than Big Blue & that makes the tail feathers come in down instead of out & up like Frost & Mercury’s did & the way Big Blue’s are. I’m wondering if maybe I lucked out & hatched another cockerel.

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Big Blue’s feather growth is more obvious that Blue Red’s, probably because of the colouring (for some reason, grey colouring is called “blue” in the poultry world – it should eventually look more of a blue-grey than just grey). Again, Big Blue (potential names Ava’Dara & Shatterstar) has its tail feathers coming in out & up & isn’t as upright in posture as Blue Red.

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The 2 newest are still doing very well & are catching on to chicken behaviors from Blue & Blue Red very quickly. They’re already scratching at food & that was something the 4 I hatched didn’t start doing until at least a week old. The d’Uccle already has leg feathers growing out & it’s so adorable! I wasn’t sure if I would like a booted bird, just because of the amount of dirt & not much else we have around here. Kinda like how Odysseus getting as dirty as he’s gotten being out there with his hens & his colouring being mostly white. It was just too cute & they look like they glow because of the cool colour base of their feathers, I couldn’t pass up the chance. The d’Anvers is just as adorable with its little owl like face. If it would stay that way into adulthood, I would have been disappointed I had already used the name Athena, so it’s a good thing the little dude won’t look like a tiny owl as an adult.

All 4 of them chase each other around, hopping & trying to fly, just like Frost & Mercury did. It’s still extremely adorable to watch. I’m very glad I got the opportunity to try hatching & to do logo work for Flaming Arrow Farm & have chicks from both experiences.

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These 2 continue to get bigger. And more ornery. Holy smokes, they are already ornery! Frost started trying to bite my fingers (very different from the pecks they usually do, still not hurtful) & Mercury flew at my face tonight. Thankfully, they’re both still tiny so no damage done & neither of the dogs made a move towards them during any of this. Not even when Mercury kept trying to fly onto Toki’s nose. That was super surprising since Toki has snapped at 1 of the littler chicks & actually had the d’Anvers in his mouth the 1st day it was here. Anyhow, their cheeks & mohawks are getting more pronounced & they’re getting more black feathers in around their faces. I still haven’t come up with a good replacement name for Frost yet. Running through all my favourite fictional characters & so far nothing suits him yet.

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I did find this single feather in their brooder & was a little worried because it looks like the feather was plucked right out (that’s painful for the bird when that happens). I have no idea when it happened, but there wasn’t any blood on either chick or in the brooder. Hopefully, it wasn’t pecked out. That would be a bad thing.

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Postscript: Blue Red finally made it on top of the wicker tunnel! 😀

Also, I apologize for all the weirdly rotated pictures that get posted. For some reason, WordPress likes to flip the images around after I’ve uploaded and posted them the correct way. Not sure why it keeps happening or how to stop it. I do try to catch the changes as soon as possible, but with a my brain injury it’s difficult for me to remember I need to eat every day.

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