This poor chickie has a new home with us now and she is such a sweetheart! One lone chicken can get a bit chilly and peep a lot because they want someone to cuddle with. I called the local feed mill to see if they had any chicks in store, but they were all out. So we improvised.
Our two year old banty hen, Tweet, has been trying to go broody on her eggs, we figured she wouldn’t be too upset about adopting April even if she is a bit bigger than a newly hatched chick. So far so good!
We set them up in a small rabbit hutch that I bought at a yard sale last year for $10.00. It’s the perfect size for two little chickens. I need to go to the mill on Monday to pick up some chick start feed. She’ll be fine for a day with cracked corn and chicken mash. I have the feeling that April will outsize her adoptive mother within a few short weeks.
I cannot wait to see what April grows up to look like. I’m not sure what breed she is, maybe a Barred Rock??? I don’t know, we’ll see in a few more weeks!
While I’m not 100% certain that April is indeed a hen, I am fairly sure. She doesn’t have a large comb and no tiny little spur nubbies that I can see or feel. She also hunkers down quite a bit instead of standing straight up when you call her or pass a hand over her head. These are all good indications that your chick is a hen, but not foolproof!
Also, I think she just has “girl eyes”.
Doesn’t she have the cutest little poofy chicken butt!