Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lots of new birds!

We had a very interesting weekend here at Red Wicket Farm. On Sunday, I went to a local breeder and bought three one-year old purebred Ameraucana chickens--two hens and a rooster. It's kind of amazing how different these purebred birds are from the Easter Egger mutts we already have. Very aristocratic.

Then, yesterday, I drove 2+ hours each way to Meyer Hatchery to pick up 32 baby chicks. I went to get them because the weather is chancy this time of year and I was afraid of a sudden cold snap hitting while they were on the mail truck. I picked up 32 baby birds, all less than 12 hours old. Then I sweated the whole way home, because I was keeping the car super warm so the babies didn't catch a chill.

The babies are now in a brooder under heat lights in our basement, and the new Ameraucanas are in our chicken tractor where they can get to know the rest of the flock in relative safety. I'm trying to figure out how to take a photo of the new rooster--he's black, but each feather is barred in beetle green and purple iridescence. The purple is a color disqualification, but I'm not planning to show him and in the meantime, he is one of the most beautiful birds I've ever seen.