Up to this point, the girls have made a variety of noises that range from their infant “peeps” to sing-songy trills.
But this time it was undeniable. Loretta goes down as the first chick to cluck.
It was throaty, and confident. Just as I would expect from her.
Hours later there’s a dust-up in the coop, and I hear all three in unison: Bawk-bowk-ba-gawk!!!
The changes are fast, and hard to keep up with. Loretta and Gigi are growing at an unbelievable pace. Loretta towers over everyone, and her butt feathers are fluffed out, hanging low. This all makes her seem even bigger than she is.
Funny enough, Gigi was the biggest chick for the longest time. (Hence her full name: Gentle Giant.) She stands almost as tall as Loretta, but her sleek gray feathers lay tight to her body.
Nellie remains the runt of the litter. But my research shows that her breed — Dominique — grows slowly, then has a spurt after a few months. Still, at full growth she will be smaller than the other two.
As they emerged from the hen house after a fierce rainstorm, I noticed all three are starting to pink up. Their combs are the palest shade of pink, and I’m starting to see the slightest indication of earlobes and waddles. Their bodies and faces continually evolve.
And while they already look like miniature chickens, I know the best developments are yet to come.
BONUS VIDEO: Charlie surprises himself and has a fun romp with the chicks.