When we got our first group of chickens, we got 4 each of 3 different breeds. As I’ve said before, we could not tell them apart enough to give them each different names, so I mostly call them “Mama” along with part of their breed name. Mama Red for the Rhode Island Reds, Mama G for the Golden Comets, and Mama Buff for the Buff Orpingtons. When we got our next group back in the spring, we got 2 each of 4 different breeds, and in some cases I’ve been finding ways to tell the pairs apart so I could name them. While you’ve been seeing some photos of them along the way, today I thought I’d introduce them all by name (and ask for help for a couple of them)!
Auracanas – Anne and Kermie
These two girls were the ones we expected to lay either green or blue eggs. As it turns out, that’s not always the case, and though they were some of the first to start laying, the eggs have turned out to be a very light cream color. It was not what we were hoping for, but at least they are different! Also, both of them have green legs and that’s how their names were decided on.
Golden Wyandottes – Blanche and Rose
The only way I can tell these two apart is by the fact that Blanche has more black in her than Rose. Sometimes I’m not 100% sure which is which if they are not together!
Silver Wyandottes – Kelly and Daisy
These two made it easier….Kelly has green legs and feet, and Daisy has yellow.
The Black Australorps – Unnamed!
These two have not been named yet because I haven’t figured out how to tell them apart. I thought I’d ask for suggestions from our readers for names, and then try to figure it out!
The theme of this group has turned out to be “green”, even though I didn’t plan it that way. It seems like many of them either have green legs, or a green tint in their feathers. It’s interesting, because our Rhode Island Reds also have a green tint in their feathers in certain light.
We hope you enjoyed officially meeting the girls, and please leave a comment….along with name suggestions for the Black Australorps, bonus points for anyone who gets some of the references from the names! 🙂
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Jodi Stone says
I never realized how pretty chickens could be! I’m not sure how you would tell them apart, but how about Bellatrix and Narcissa? Bonus points if you get that reference. 🙂
I had no idea how many different colors chickens even came in!
No points for me – I had to google it!! Bella is sticking with me though, so that’s definitely going to be one of them.
Monika & Sam says
Wow, they are really gorgeous, each of them.
Thank you!! I just love all their different colors.
Ellen Pilch says
They are all very pretty. I am partial to Kermie’s colorings. O know 2 are named after Golden Girls 🙂 I am fresh out of name ideas having named so many cats over the years.
Now that’s understandable!! 🙂
Yes, I love Kermie’s coloring too, I think she and Anne are my favorites. We will definitely be getting more of that breed in the future, I love that the same breed can be all different colors and it’s a surprise (and I still want those blue or green eggs!).
Melissa Clinton says
Wow! I had no idea how beautiful they are!! I understood all of the names and they’re perfect. I’ll have to think about a name.
I made a lot of my choices this time based on appearance, because we wanted some different ones. But we also consider laying ability and being able to endure our winter weather here.
The Island Cat says
Those chickens are so pretty! The mom laughs that there is a chicken breed called Wyandotte because the city she grew up in is called Wyandotte. 🙂
Oh, that’s funny, I didn’t know that! I wonder if the breed originated there or something? I’ll have to look it up.
sand spring chesapeakes says
Their beautiful and take photos really well.
Thank you! It took me a while to really get some good shots of them. I think having them out free ranging was the key to getting better ones.
Mary Hone says
They are all gorgeous!!
they are so beautiful girls… apart from parrots, chicken are a wonder of nature for me… so sad that so many peps know them only nekked in a pan or a pot…
I hope you will find some funny names for the black girls, maybe Sam has an idea?
Oh, I bet those two are Sam’s favorites since they are the same color as her. I’ll have to ask her.:)
Before we started raising chickens, I had no idea how many different colors they came in!
We have no idea about how to tell any chickens apart. I would guess, the more time you spend with them the more differences you will notice. Do they come to their names, or are their names just names for you?
They are just names for us, although I have thought at times that our guinea hen Harry kind of knows his name. So we’ll see on that.
Sometimes their feathers change too. Hubby and I keep saying we want to get them bands like they put on wild birds so we can tell them apart! 🙂
What beautiful creatures! You truly can see the magnificence of God in your birds. Love the names you chose too (“Golden Girls” for the G. Wyandottes; Anne of Green Gables and Kermie (the frog); not sure about Daisy/Kelly/Silver). For the black girls … maybe Bella? Nero (black in Italian – so the other would be black in some other language)? Umm … Bear wants to come visit 😉
Ha….I’m sure he does! Just like Luke wants to see them too. 🙂
I tried to find black in another language but there was nothing good. I definitely like Bella though.
Brian Frum says
They sure are cute, I would call them Cagney and Lacey!
Oh, that’s a good one!!
LLB in Our Backyard says
What a nice lookig group of new girls!!
Shadow's & Ducky's Mom says
With the phone screen so small, I can’t tell them apart, either; but if you name one “Blackie” and the other “Ebony”, you’ll at least have the correct color. 🤔
We used to have a cat named Blackie! I do like Ebony, that one is under consideration. 🙂