We have some new family members.Meet Meri and Pippin. Meri is the blonde and Pippin is the redhead. Not that you can tell what color they are in my crappy pictures. The next picture has the best color.
They were labeled as Araucanas but I'm sure they aren't. They must be Ameraucanas, or maybe even Easter Eggers. According to Wikipedia there is a difference. I knew most of our colored egg layers in America weren't Araucanas, but I didn't realize Easter Eggers were even more removed from the araucanas. Whatever they are, they're supposed to lay pretty eggs, and that makes me happy.
Another thing different about this breed is their tufted cheeks, giving their faces a round look. They remind me of little owls. And they seem smart, somehow. They love to look straight at you and seem to very much enjoy staring at people. I spent some time feeding a big bunch of regular chickens and Ameraucanas once, and they are definitely different from regular chickens. That particular bunch turned out pretty flighty compared to the other breeds they were raised with, so I'm planning on holding my girls a lot.
Yes, they are named after two hobbits. Boy hobbits. But they were labeled as pullets so they should be girls. We hope. If not, we have a good soup pot.
I'm really tempted to go back tomorrow and get more. But 4 hens poop less than 6 hens, so I'm really not sure two more would be a good idea.