We went back to the very excellent Orchard Poultry to buy a few more bantams. Not for breeding, just to supplement our ornamental flock. And, after losing our silkie during last winter, we’ve learnt the lesson that the breeds must not be too tender for cold damp conditions.
Here are our five newcomers, getting accustomed to their new quarters before being integrated with the existing birds.
So let me introduce you to them individually. First up, a red Pekin. Love those feathered feet:
A silver spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, named after the lace bonnets worn in the Appenzell region of Switzerland, its country of origin.
We shouldn’t have favourites, even amongst chickens, but we both fell in love with this handsome girl – a rare Buff Sussex.
And in this picture, the Buff Sussex is on the right, and the red Pekin is showing off her feathered feet on the left.
We added a silver spangled Hamburg …
… and last but not least, a cross between an Araucana and a barred Plymouth Rock. She may or may not lay green-shelled eggs. We shall see!