July 26, 2009

Golden Phoenix -- 7/09

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I ordered 5 Golden Phoenix pullet chicks in May. Out of the five, I have two that appear to be Golden Phoenix, and two that may be Silver Phoenix.

Here is the Golden Phoenix pair at 8 weeks:

The Golden Phoenix pullet has a different body shape than the Silver Phoenix pullet???!!!???
The below pullet is very similar to the cockerel above, but I would say it was definitely a pullet, if I was a betting person.

NOTES: I have noticed the Golden Phoenix have some small areas with missing or slow growing feathers, especially the cockerel. We DO have a problem with gnats/no see 'ums for the past two weeks, and these pesky bugs seem to love the darker colored chicks best!!! So maybe the feather problem is due to the chicks trying to get rid of these bugs that seem to burrow down through the feathers to the skin! Again, these Golden Phoenix are like the Silver Phoenix: gentle, not easily spooked, and are very active and never have flown out of the pen, are always in the coop at night, and have grown at an even, and steady pace.
Postive rating so far!!!!

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