The chickies are growing up, and have ventured into the great outside world. They aren't entirely digging it right now, but they'll learn to love it eventually.
I am thrilled to report that many of these chicks are the offspring of Explodie. Explodie is my most favorite chicken ever. She is a black Sizzle (a new breed combining the frizzle Cochin and the Silkie).
This is Explodie.
I had been hoping that Explodie gave me at least one or two offspring, but it looks like at least three, probably more like four or five, are hers. Better yet, it looks as though one of them is a roo who looks to be breeder quality.
He looks like he is wearing a feather boa, to me, so he has been glamorously named Priscilla, Queen of the Chickens.
Priscilla is technically a mutt chicken (as are all of these goofy kids) -- he is a Cochin x Sizzle, which makes him mostly Cochin, with a touch of Silkie (as evidenced by patches of black on his skin, and multiple toes). No wonder he looks so confused.
Here are the two other definite 'Splodie kids -- both hens!
I think that this one is a 'Splodie kid as well, just not frizzle-feathered. Its (not sure of sex yet on this one) skin is very dark, so it's definitely got a Silkie or Showgirl parent, but it looks too big to be sired by one of the Showgirl roosters, so the pigment must have come from mom. It looks particularly evil in this picture ... The dark chicken, Sauron. (The blue 'Splodie daughter is in the back.)
The sire of all of these is Penguin, our blue Cochin roo shown in this post.
... Speaking of which, in case you were wondering what Pumpkin Chicken looks like all grown up, she looks like this:
Happy Halloween from Pumpkin Chicken!
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.