These are the four newest members of the flock.
Yes, there are really four of them.
One is being shy and hiding behind the others.
We currently have three Rhode Island Reds that we bought in the spring of 2009. Their first eighteen months of production was great. They barely even slacked off during winter, producing 18 to 20 eggs every week. But for the past three or four months, we've been lucky to get 12 eggs in a week.
So we decided to try a different breed this time and bought these four Barred Plymouth Rock chicks. They are a dual purpose breed and have an excellent reputation for producing large brown eggs.
The chicks are staying cozy in the brood box in the garage for the next several weeks,
until they feather out and the nights get warmer.
In the meantime down at the coop, the rumor is slowly spreading that there are some new chicks in town.
So far, none of the incumbents seem to feel threatened ...at least they're not letting on if they are.
Do they look worried to you?
If hens can be cocky, these three surely qualify.
As far as they're concerned, the good life they're enjoying will go on forever.
Gee, that sounds like most of the politicians
we have these days!