Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Got a call this morning from Mary Mary, a regular commenter over at the Pet Connection blog.
Apparently, after years of being widely known as the Dog Lady, I am now the designated Chicken Lady.
A senior prank on the last day of school at a suburban high school left ten* young chickens in need of a refuge. (I did make it clear that we aren't a farm sanctuary, and don't guarantee cockerels a sinecure.)
Mary's young friend and her Dad delivered them this afternoon, and I set them up in the now-disused foster dog kennel. (New poultry need to be quarantined from the resident flock.)
There appear to be four cockerels and six pullets. Maybe about five weeks old? What kind is a mystery to me. They appear to be white at first glance, but almost all of them have some brown splotches here and there. They aren't leghorns, nor, thankfully, Cornish crosses.
They were delighted with their new temporary digs and immediately went to work scratching and pecking. They know all about using a roost, and are very lively.
Any ideas about what breed(s) these guys might be?
(Edit: Mount Healthy hatchery has agreed that these appear to be Amberlink hybrid layers, which are only sold by Mount Healthy. Many of our local feed stores deal with Mount Healthy for chicks. They are characterized in the catalog as active foragers and productive brown egg layers with nice temperaments. They should fit in well here and do well under our kind of husbandry.)
* So we can be very grateful the Class of '99 didn't think of this one.