Our flock- If Tara's chick is female, she may look like this!  (Harriet Knibbs Photos)

Our flock- If Tara's chick is female, she may look like this! (Harriet Knibbs Photos)

This is one of my own hens, that I have presently, she's a good layer and lays beautiful duck egg blue eggs!  I'm not sure what breed she is, perhaps a cross?  She's all black except from her neck feathers.  Harriet Knibbs Photos

This is one of my own hens, that I have presently, she's a good layer and lays beautiful duck egg blue eggs! I'm not sure what breed she is, perhaps a cross? She's all black except from her neck feathers. Harriet Knibbs Photos

Rhode Island Red Hen - chicken- one of the best large brown egg laying hens

Rhode Island Red Hen - chicken- one of the best large brown egg laying hens

This is 'Charlie' as a chick with his mum, I'm unsure what breed the mum was.  I also have another hen, black, I posted a photo of her, she lays blue eggs. .  If anyone can identify the breeds, I'd appreciate it!  As I'd like to get some more, they're really good layers.  Harriet Knibbs Photos

This is 'Charlie' as a chick with his mum, I'm unsure what breed the mum was. I also have another hen, black, I posted a photo of her, she lays blue eggs. . If anyone can identify the breeds, I'd appreciate it! As I'd like to get some more, they're really good layers. Harriet Knibbs Photos

This is 'Charlie' (I don't name all my poultry by the way!) he's a complete mix breed of Isa Brown, Welsummer and at least two other breeds.  But apart from being a mix he turned out to be a very beautiful cockerel - I think he resembles a Hampshire Red in his colouring.  Harriet Knibbs Photos

This is 'Charlie' (I don't name all my poultry by the way!) he's a complete mix breed of Isa Brown, Welsummer and at least two other breeds. But apart from being a mix he turned out to be a very beautiful cockerel - I think he resembles a Hampshire Red in his colouring. Harriet Knibbs Photos

Easter egg chickens lay colored eggs.  Regular laying hens lay the white & brown varieties.

Easter egg chickens lay colored eggs. Regular laying hens lay the white & brown varieties.

For those who are thinking about getting some starter chicks for fresh eggs this year, consider hanging a feather duster in the brood box. It gives them a place to snuggle and greatly reduces stress as they have a new "momma"

For those who are thinking about getting some starter chicks for fresh eggs this year, consider hanging a feather duster in the brood box. It gives them a place to snuggle and greatly reduces stress as they have a new "momma"

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