April 1, 2011

A is for Amberlink Chicks

Yep, I did it again, picked up six new chicks yesterday. I figure a few of my girls are going to be slowing down egg production by the end of the year so got some replacements that should be laying by then to pick up the slack. I'd never heard of Amberlink, but that's one of the breeds my local Tractor Supply had on hand, so three of the six I brought home were these cute little yellow peeps.

The Amberlink breed isn't that common in the U.S. right now and Mt Healthy is one of the few chick hatcheries that offer them (Mt Healthy is the supplier for my local TSC). Also known as the DeKalb or Silver Amberlink, they are a Rhode Island White hybrid and should be mostly white with flecks of brown at maturity. The Amberlink is a large bird that will produce large brown eggs.

Until yesterday, my flock consisted of Black Sex Link and Production Red hens so I think the brighter coloring of these little gals will be a nice contrast in my backyard.  You'll be seeing more pics of these little cuties for sure.


As you can see, Molly approves.



I'm taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, where I will post something from each letter of the alphabet on the corresponding day in April, except for Sundays.  I will be posting on at least one of my four blogs daily.  You can see my other blogs in the right sidebar - More of Marie Anne.

7 comments:

Ella said...

They are so sweet; Love the photos~

Linda - Nickers and Ink said...

Molly tends the chicks. Love it.

Stephanie V said...

Chicks! Perfect for the 1st of April. I'll be watching them grow.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Marie Anne .. Amberlink chicks - gosh aren't they great .. good to be here and meet you .. cheers Hilary

M Pax said...

They're so adorable. :D

Dawn Embers said...

Awww... those are absolutely adorable.

Anonymous said...

Be careful with your TSC chickens. You should not have them in the house or drinking with your dogs. Mt. Healthy has been a continuous source of unusual salmonella strains for three years running – Amazing that TSC is still using them given the frequency of outbreaks
http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/live-poultry-04-13/index.html