Meet the Outsiders

If you managed to find the time to read yesterday’s epic post about our hatch, I mentioned at the end that we would be announcing the names of our new chicks. I also gave some hints:

  • Like our other book & movie inspired chicken names, these babies would get pop-culture names as well.
  • This batch would be named after both a book and a movie.
  • The book was from the 60’s and the movie adaptation was made in the 80’s.

And then Hillary commented and correctly guessed they would be The Outsiders. Either I was too obvious, or Hillary is a really good guesser! The Outsiders will be a pretty perfect name for this crew come flock integration time, don’t you think?

Introducing:

You know, Emilio Estevez’s character in the film. If you are watching them on the Brooder Cam, there are two that have a lot more black on them than the others. Two-Bit has some black but not as much as…

Ponyboy Curtis. The narrator in the book. If you are wondering if we are concerned about naming them boy names, the answer is “yes and no.” Our first chicks were named after characters from the film Cry-Baby, and the only one given a boy name (Cry-Baby Walker, of course) turned out to be a rooster. Realistically, I don’t believe that the names we pick can change the already determined sex, so we went ahead and gave 3 of the 4 boy names this time around. Take that!

Of course we had to have a Sodapop Curtis. She was our last to hatch from egg #7, and she is randomly a ginger! We aren’t sure what to make of how different each of these babies looks and the fact that some of them have so much black. They are all Salmon Faverolles, purchased from a reputable breeder. We have read conflicting things about them having spots of black. Eventually roos will develop black feathers, but the coloring they hatch with should not indicate the sex yet. We are wondering if Soda will end up more mahogany-colored. We are already very fond of her, and I expect she will have some ginger ale related nicknames.

And finally Goldie, the hatchling from egg #2 whose beak was hanging out of that dirty egg for so long. It is worth noting that the two pairs that hatched together also resemble each other. Ponyboy and Two-Bit hatched on the first night, and both have black coloring. Soda and Goldie hatched the next morning and appear slightly smaller and have lighter coloring. Goldie is the blonde with only a hint of grey.

Goldie isn’t named directly after a character, but after the Robert Frost poem Ponyboy and Johnny read together.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

We plan to tell her to “stay gold” a lot, a la Johnny on his death bed.

You can tell they are all definitely faverolles by their puffy cheeks and distinctly funny feet. They have five toes and feathers on their feet.

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12 responses to “Meet the Outsiders

  1. The whole incubator saga has been so exciting, and these are great names to top it off. Those baby, feathery feet just kill me.

  2. I TOTALLY GUESSED THE OUTSIDERS BUT WAS TOO LAZY TO LEAVE A COMMENT. That’s why I never win anything. ;)
    It is nice to meet the new girls. They are so fluffy!

  3. Great Post – Great Photos – loving their names!

  4. Well, c’mon, I’m a queer librarian. Also, I will admit I think about the Outsiders a lot. :)
    Those are such good names. I would probably be superstitious and name them after “Little Women.”

    • I WISH I could get Krista to agree to name them after Little Women characters. Maybe in a decade or two when she’s used up every other name she can think of…. I also really want to name a batch after Fried Green Tomato characters (idgie, ruth, ninny, sipsie and smokey lonesome get my votes!!!). Maybe next time. Or maybe when Levi moves out and doesn’t get a vote anymore.

  5. Michelle

    Awesome!!! These are lucky little chicks to join your family :-)

  6. Anne

    I am totally watching the brooder cam and leaving it up all day at work! So cute! :)

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