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Three Flower Hens
Friday, November 19, 2010
[gallery columns="4"]Yesterday was a very momentous day for us here on the farm. Every morning, first thing, coffee in hand, I tour our brooder shed to see how the chicks have fared through the night. With temperatures dropping steadily, it's important for us to closely monitor the environment of the brooder room. Next, we check the water levels of our winter incubator to ensure there's plenty of humidity to make tiny red spiders turn into tubby, fluffed out chicks. But the best part, the part we never tire of, is peaking into the hatcher to see what tiny newness has joined our farm. There's nothing more satisfying than finding newly hatched, damp chicks on blow out in the hatching baskets. And yesterday, the morning tour turned out an exciting surprise: eight of the very first Swedish Flower Hen chicks to have hatched on Greenfire soil and, more impressively, U.S. soil. Being a newly acquired breed, and having only briefly spoken with a few Swedish breeders, the Flower Hen is new, uncharted territory for me as I go from hatching to brooding these beauties. As you can see from the pics of the parent flock on our site, the Flower Hen is a variegated breed, producing an array of color patterns. Discerning what color a chick might feather into is a process I am learning about, and already, on day two, I've made plenty of speculations. I want to share the first months of these chicks' lives with our customers, other breeders and people interested in the breed in general. They're darling. They're unique. They're going to be hyper-socialized from all of the attention they're about to receive during these photo shoots. We want to document their growth and development here on our blog. So join us for 60 days to follow these three chicks from fluffy to gangly to gorgeous. Let me introduce: Nan, Spud and Button.