Chickens at 12 weeks

It’s been a while since I posted new photos of chickens here on the blog. I’ve been keeping up with the albums of each chicken on my chicken page where you can see them progressing each week.

The chickens are 12 weeks old now. They continue to grow. Their combs and waddles are starting to develop more now and redden in color.

The daily routines of letting the chickens out in the morning, giving them their food and water, and then checking on the garden has encouraged me to pull more weeds. They like having greens to eat and are happy to eat the clover and grass I pull from the garden. So each day I walk a row and pull some weeds to feed to them.

Parsley’s black feathers take on a green shine in the right light, but it’s hard to capture.

Rosemary’s dark head feathers are slowly becoming more brown. She’s become the friendliest one lately, willing to jump up on my knee to visit whether or not I have a treat. In fact, she was on my knee in this picture.

Sage has developed some black feathers on her tail and wings. An internet search told me that this can happen, but that it’s not a desirable trait for show birds or breeding. We’re not planning on doing either, so it’s fine with us that she has a few black feathers.

Thyme’s feathers are changing to more of the adult laced pattern with the white in the center and the black around the edges.

You can find more photos of them on the chicken page.

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5 Responses to Chickens at 12 weeks

  1. kitsapFG says:

    Gorgeous girls! I really do love my hens and I have one in particular that likes to be held. Your Rosemary’s lap sitting made me think of her immediately. (love the names by the way!)

  2. GrafixMuse says:

    I love seeing your chickens grow up! How long before they begin laying eggs for you to enjoy?

    • Emily says:

      Grafix Muse,

      They say chickens begin laying between 20 and 26 weeks, though I think it can sometimes take longer. We’re hoping to be on the earlier end, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

  3. Daphne says:

    Your gals are really growing up well.

  4. tina says:

    you have chickens?! that is SO many levels of awesome!! reminds me of italy, yay!!!!!!!!!!! ps so nice to see you last weekend. :)

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