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Days 17-21: Happy Birthday!

The Nursery

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Chicks of All Shapes and Sizes

Baby chicks may not have the dazzling array of shapes, colors, and sizes of their adult counterparts, but they do display some variety. Some are downy; some are frizzled. Some are yellow; some are mottled. Some are puffy, some are even bald!

This page is meant for fun. Collected here are some of the more interesting chick photos found on FeatherSite, "an on-line zoological garden of domestic poultry". Each image is hyperlinked to the original page so one can compare the juvenile with the adult. FeatherSite has its own baby chick page, with more varieties than are displayed here.

The Chickscope resource Standard Varieties of Chickens makes a good companion piece to this page. Like FeatherSite, it too has interesting photos and engaging text.

The Nursery

Black-tailed Buff Japanese

Courtesy of Linda Brenner.

Polish White Bantam

Courtesy of Janet Sha.

These chicks appear much as people expect: soft yellow and white colors. The chick on the left is a Buff Japanese; the one one the right a Polish White Bantam.

Blue Silkie

Courtesy of Linda Brenner.

Red Silkie

Courtesy of Linda Brenner.

These two varieties are not quite the bright yellow one would normally expect to see. The one on the left is a Blue Silkie; the other, a Red Silkie.

Buff Brahma Bantam

Courtesy of Linda Brenner.

Mille Fleur

Courtesy of Karen Cohen.

The Buff Brahma Bantam chick on the left has shades of white, brown and black. The Mille Fleur chick on the right could almost pass for a sparrow.

Frizzle Bantams

Courtesy of Katra.

Turken

Courtesy of Katra.

Yikes! This poor Frizzle Chick is having a serious "bad feather day". Maybe she stole the Turken Chick's toupee? (The Turken chick has not been plucked: they are naturally bald.)

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