The Chickens – Close-Up

My Austrolop chicks are now just over two months old and when I see them together in the yard they all look very much the same – little bundles of black feathers.  Except two are just beginning to hint that they might be roosters, (let’s hope there are only two males in this flock) and of those two, one has little sprinkles of copper on his wings.  They are barely distinguishable ….. Unless you get Close Up (WPC).  Then you can see that the feathers are not all black after all, but a shimmer of teal, mauve and copper. He’s gonna be handsome dude!

This little one is a Silkie chick.  I have two of them (also about two months old) and there is absolutely no way I can tell them apart – no distinguishing marks at all. I’m assuming they are both hens, but who knows?  One thing is for certain, though: they are sooooo cute and fluffy – right down to their toes! 

7 thoughts on “The Chickens – Close-Up

    • JanetRimmington July 29, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Aren’t they! It’s so much fun to watch them grow ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. flatlinedgamer July 29, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Copper? Black Australorps don’t have copper feathers. They’re an extended black with silver genes as the base, hence the white primaries when they’re young. Copper comes from gold genes like a Black Copper Marans has.

    I love Astralorps’ beetle tone.

      • flatlinedgamer July 29, 2015 / 8:14 pm

        It’s a good possibility.

  2. Julie@frogpondfarm July 30, 2015 / 12:04 am

    The colours and sheen on those feathers are lovely. Wish I lived closer – I would love one of those roosters ๐Ÿ˜€

    • JanetRimmington July 30, 2015 / 12:05 am

      If we lived closer, I’d be happy for you to have one ๐Ÿ™‚

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