They grow up so fast…
Can you hear your mom now? I can. Percy is getting so big. She started life in August in a mail order batch of eggs from a nice woman in Georgia. They were Lavender Orpingtons and I was so excited. I bought them for Betty who goes broody almost as much as a Silkie. She’s got a mean stinkeye, but she’s a great hatcher. She has never bitten me. Some screeching, but a nice pet to smooth her feathers and a “good Betty” and she calms down. She let’s me check the eggs and is good about leaving the nest and keeping herself fed and taking potty breaks.
Percy was born in early September. Cute as a button, but the only one to hatch out of a dozen eggs. Betty stayed on the rest of the eggs determined in vain. When I took the duds away, it was like they were never there and she was very happy with Percy.
She then proceeded in growing like a weed.
3ish weeks. Betty saying “back off” to someone. I started thinking maybe she was a boy with the ginormous feet.
Doris became co-mom and started helping out Betty at about week 6 or 7. Still thought perhaps boy at this point. But no crowing. So still optimistic. Look at the honkin legs on her.
8 weeks. Growing into legs. Started to think girl.
10 weeks. Gave up on the boy idea completely.
Then the holidays happened. So this weekend at 16ish weeks. I give you the shot next to Betty who is a BIG chicken for comparison. Also that’s where we started. Next to Betty.
She’s so big and such a pretty color. I have a feeling she’s going to be as big or bigger than Betty when she’s finally done growing. She’s already as big as Nike and Aphrodite who are 4 months older. We are so lucky that the one and only chick to hatch is a girl. I expect eggs from her in February hopefully.
It just amazes me that she came from an egg. I know, that’s how it works. I’m still amazed.