Marshmallow: White Leghorn
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Our Marshmallow is a Baxter Barn White Leghorn and she has always been really something else! From the single black spot on her all white back as a baby chick—to running faster than Road Runner trying to escape Wile E. Coyote—she has always been very entertaining and sweet.
We named her Marshmallow because she is very white, but momentarily contemplated “Burnt Marshmallow” as she had one black spot smack dab in the middle of her otherwise completely white feathered body! As the baby chicks grew, it was very noticeable that the saying, “hens of a feather stick together,” is extremely true! As very evident in our flock, the black-feathered baby chicks grouped together, the brown-feathered baby chicks grouped together, and then Apricot, our Gold Sex Link, Star, our Buff Orpington, and Marshmallow all grouped together.
This happened while Marshmallow was still that pale yellow “poster baby chick” that people often think of when they think of a baby Easter chick. Apricot, Star and Marshmallow were all in the same color group as baby chicks. Then, as Marshmallow grew and became fully feathered, she lost those pale yellow feathers for pure white feathers and the other chickens began to pick on her—she looked different and chickens notice everything!
And, of course, she is all white, so I was horrified at the thought of the other chickens picking on her because I read that if any chicken bleeds, the other chickens will peck at the blood out of curiosity and this can only lead to no good. Sorry to sound so morbid, this is just how it is in the chicken world.
Poor Marshmallow did have a run-in with Zelda, our Black Australorp for a few days, but she learned to stand her ground. Marshmallow was determined to not be low on the pecking order and decided to peck back when needed. She is doing fine to stand her ground and seems to have found her place in the flock and is now even trying to be the leader! Marshmallow has made friends with Mother Clucker, our other small chicken, as they even lay eggs in the same nest or nesting box!
Photos of Marshmallow, Our White Leghorn
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