These pretty babies are grown up now.
They have been given names that are so far beyond what they can ever hope to be (if a chicken can possibly hope). They are named after the mothers of the good kings of ancient Israel.
In the mornings, the children and I are reading the old kings' chronicles from the Bible. One day we decided to name the chickens after the king mothers who were so wonderful that they not only raised good sons, but they have their names written down permanently in the kings' chronicles. They must have been good mamas!
I know it's not very reverant to name a chicken after a king's mother, but we needed some chicken names after our presidential wives met unfortunate ends over time (Hilary, named at birth, was our most annoying chicken, flapping about and cackling unnecessarily. Lady Bird was my favorite).
The brown girl above, an Americauna chick, is named Zibbiah after Joash's mom. Joash was only 8 years old when he became king and he stayed a good man most of his life. His mama did well.
The red one is named Jehoaddan or Abijah. We have two Rhode Island Reds, and I cannot tell them apart, so we call them whichever name slips off the tongue first. They were named after two mothers of good kings.
And our white-feathered chicken with the green legs, also an Americauna, is named for one of my favorite gals, Princess Jehoshabeath. She isn't famous as a mother, but she was an incredibly brave aunt one day when the newly crowned queen raged around the castle, killing everyone who could possibly take the throne from her. Baby Joash was rescued by brave Princess Jehoshabeath, his aunt, who hid him in the temple (where a wicked woman would never tread!).
Our gals can't be king mothers, but I do hope they grow up to be good egg mamas!