Baby chickens are like weeds, they grow so clucking fast it's not funny. I think you could almost sit and watch them grow. Each day I notice something new or different about them. Over the course of the past week Vanessa has even changed colour!
Initially when we were out choosing the chickens I was worried that the kids in particular had picked two that were quite similar in colour and thought that as they grew it might become difficult to tell them apart. Vanessa (closest to the camera) was only a tiny bit more yellow than Mrs Egg (with her rear to the camera) and they both had white looking feathers on their wings, with Mrs Egg just a tiny bit more pristine white.
Left to right: Mrs Egg, Winona, Goldie and Vanessa
Fast forward two days later and Vanessa has started sprouting ginger feathers on her chest and above her wings. Currently her wings are beige.
Another day or two and Vanessa is looking very different indeed. Now she is colouring up more like Goldie, let's just say I was not expecting that at all! All of them are getting new feathers daily, they are much taller and their legs are thicker.
They love their outdoor time, here they are scratching in some fresh compost. Fortunately they all still enjoy a snooze on your lap in the evening.
They are also extremely inquisitive, here's Vanessa and Winona trying to have a closer look at the phone while Goldie was around the other side pecking away at the screen helping me take photos! I can't imagine how much more they could possibly change in another week, it really is amazing how quickly they grow. And I guess the moral of the story if choosing baby chickens is prepared to be surprised! I just hope I don't get any rooster surprises ;)