Apricot: Gold Sex Link
Week by Week Photos!
Apricot started out very golden like Star, and it was often difficult to tell the two apart, but then Apricot became more and more strawberry blonde in color as she grew. (On a side note, did you know you can pronounce “apricot” as either: Ape-ricot (with a long A) or Ap-ricot (similar to Apple)? Interesting, I know! :)
We purchased Apricot when she was a 1 day old baby chick from the Bothell Feed Center to keep Zelda, our Black Austalorp chicken company while we drove to Baxter Barn to pick up the rest of our flock. Chickens are very social creatures and will die of loneliness without another chicken buddy. The two chicks were able to keep each other warm and comfort each other about being in a brand new place. (See more cute pics of a young Apricot below!)
Very calm and docile, Apricot comes right up to us and appears very comfortable wherever she is and loves to be held. She is happy to eat right out of our hands and is easy to pick up. Apricot is also gentle, which is saying a lot when a chicken is eating feed out of your hand! She is also a very aware chicken and keeps an eye on everything—I’d almost say she has eyes in the back of her head.
As Apricot grew, she turned out to be quite the feisty chicken and probably protects the rest of the flock the best of all the chickens. She is not hostile towards the flock, but to any threats to the flock—she is right there defending them. So far, she has chased off our cat, Gryphon, and scared away crows who were stalking leftover food scraps. She is a great chicken to protect against the random predators on a backyard farm. She seems to be one of the leaders of the flock, although we are still unsure as to the pecking order, but she seems like one of the hens in charge!
Apricot: Weeding and digging for bugs!
Photos of Apricot, Our Gold Sex Link
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