Dad is a Buff orphington, Mothers farmyard mongrels, but the chicks are healthy and appear to have mongrel vigour. I was given the eggs by a friend, as being in town means no roosters. The broody is a neighbours, who I am paying in eggs, - his three hens all wanted to go broody about the same time. Fortunately she is a placid hen, used to being handled, as she was raised a child's pet. Last year used my Langsham and she trained the chicks to be scared of humans.
I am feeding the chicks, a starter mix but also find soil with lots of insects and seeds, in particular violet seeds. Soil from under violets seems to have lots of insects (especially springtails) plus I pick the seed capsules. They also seem to enjoy ant eggs if I find a nest.
They prefer sratching for their food, rather than the mix and I think it is better for them.
Nice pics, gorgeous little chickies. Funny you mentioned about the food, I've noticed my chooks seem to leave their nightly feed of fancy chook mix/grains alone, and prefer to get their own meals when they free range during the day also. :)
Very fluffy wee things Kathrina.