Born: Born 16th September 2007
Breed: Hybrid - Tiger (our cockerel) is Velvet’s father and he is a hybrid Partridge Cochin, Chocky is the mother and she is a Rhode Island Red Hybrid. Which makes Velvet some from of Heinz 57 varieties!
Appearance: Black feathers with silvery/grey legs. As a new chick, s/he looked so fluffy and felt like velvet - naming him/her wasn't difficult!
Personality: We’re still getting used to the individual personalities of our newer chicks. Velvet was the first of them to hatch and seems to display more confidence than the other chicks.
Favourite Food: Velvet had only been eating chick crumbs. As she and the other chicks are getting older, the crumbs are now being mixed in with the older chicken’s feed to allow a period of transition. Since being allowed to free range, Velvet loves eating the grass but is especially good at catching flies.
Habits: Although still quite anxious when caught, Velvet seems to enjoy perching on your arm, nosing around at everything going on – you need to keep your head at some distance though as she has, on more than one occasion, mistaken a smiling set of teeth for bread. It isn't pleasant having your teeth pecked!