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#1 2012-07-10 02:26:21

ChestnutRidge
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From: Western Virginia
Registered: 2011-07-05
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3-week old chicks

I have 3-week old chicks I hatched from MD's (Glen's) eggs :thanks: , some by broody and some in the incubator.  Glen was willing to take back the cockerels, so I hazarded a guess when they were one week old based on the first wing feather coloring.  (NP had noticed that with her 6 chicks from Skyline eggs, the white-feathered chicks grew up to be cockerels and the buff-feathered chicks grew up to be pullets.  I found the same to be true with my 6 Skyline eggs, so I tried to apply that theory to these Skyline-based offspring.)  So, I gave Glen the chicks that had whiter wing feathers from those which I hatched out, but I just let my broody hen keep all of her chicks.  I also kept the chick that hatched with a crooked neck, and one Australorp chick.  I tried really hard to pick the smallest, lowest-to-the-ground, longest-wing-feathered, thinnest-legged chick so I would have a pullet, but, alas.  Cockerel.  Sigh.

Anyway, here's everybody at three weeks.

Henny with her three chicks:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8147/7539970100_eac18c19c1.jpg

Two are boys which look almost exactly the same, something like this:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/7539969650_8077448ce0.jpg

And one is probably a girl.  I'm hoping, anyway, because this one is as cute and energetic as a little bug:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7251/7539979190_1688702dbb.jpg

Oddly, all of Rosie's chicks are significantly smaller than those reared inside.  Hmm.

Okay.  Then there are 7 incubator chicks left: Australorp, neck-issue EO cockerel, "Oops" EO cockerel, and what I think are 4 pullets.
(It's so hot and humid that my camera lenses keep steaming up.)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7539979530_3ea92feea9.jpg

Neck-issue fella is doing much better.  I think he's a recessive white.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7259/7539977404_acbf80cb4d.jpg

"Oops" is not a pullet.  He's the biggest and heaviest (to my hand) of all by far.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7129/7539978520_471a15402f.jpg

And the girls...
1:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8285/7539977636_0d1218d024.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8424/7539977878_54e459968e.jpg

2:
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8028/7539978074_22eae26b41.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8143/7539978276_ba7f0993ac.jpg

3:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7275/7539978732_0a5fedd589.jpg

4 is significantly lighter than the other pullets, a cream color...:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7539979732_c26df8e6d3.jpghttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8018/7539979876_44ba242ddb.jpg

And the "black sheep" of the family...:
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7539980070_50929b239e.jpg
Yeah, not a pullet.  Do you see those wattles?!? :whistle: (And, um, not an EO...)

Anyway, I am really enjoying all of these chicks.  So, there are 10 in total: (hopefully) 5 pullets (4 incubator, 1 broody) and 5 cockerels (1 Aust, 1 neck, 1 oops, 2 broody). 
http://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/nature/shootingstar.gifGlenhttp://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/nature/shootingstar.gif is awesome and generous (not only to me, *hint, hint* :whistle: :doI?: )
:thanks: :EO: :thumbsup:

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#2 2012-07-10 02:56:32

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-28
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Re: 3-week old chicks

What an awesome group! A bunch of cuties!  And good on you MD :)

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#3 2012-07-10 03:19:01

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
Registered: 2011-10-05
Posts: 1980

Re: 3-week old chicks

I like the looks of the pullets 1, 2 and 3...  it will be interesting so see how Oops turns out.

Were the eggs you slipped under Rosie the littlest ones? I remember you weighed them...

I have been hit hard by coons multiple times since you and NP and her DH were here,  I lost all of their hatchmates you brought me, plus many more. So we won't know how accurate your selections were... :banginghead: I'm sorry.   After several sleepless nights with the help of my son and a baby monitor, we were able to put a stop to the carnage.

I've got 46 more in the bator on day 10, guess I've got to keep hatching to stay ahead of the curve.  :sad:

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#4 2012-07-10 11:43:16

Flat Rock Farm
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From: Branchton, Ontario Canada
Registered: 2011-07-03
Posts: 3359

Re: 3-week old chicks

Oh they are lovely Heather :love:  The pullets are beautiful :love:

Sorry to hear how many you have lost MD, my raccoon carnage only got five but that was enough.  Baby monitor what a good idea :thumbs:

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#5 2012-07-10 15:49:01

ChestnutRidge
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From: Western Virginia
Registered: 2011-07-05
Posts: 251
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Re: 3-week old chicks

I am so sorry, Glen.  That must have been an awful stretch for you guys.  Certainly don't worry about it for my sake.  I'm glad you were able to put a stop to it, but how stressful.  :hug: 

The eggs under Rosie were of a medium size compared to the others you gave me.  I think it is a food issue.  The indoor chicks pretty much had nothing to do except eat, drink, and sleep for the first couple weeks of their life.  Mama Rosie keeps those kids running around after bugs and scratching in the dirt.  She also tends to knock over every feeder I put in there, dump all of the food onto the ground, and start scratching it in while calling the chicks over.  I've put in a big, adult feeder now, sitting on the ground as you see in the picture above, and she hasn't knocked this one yet.  Hopefully they will start to catch up soon.  They're still young yet. 

Hope the newest hatch goes well!

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#6 2012-07-10 17:45:52

NaturesPace
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From: Augusta county VA, USA
Registered: 2011-12-20
Posts: 915
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Re: 3-week old chicks

nice looking group. Oops is interesting coloring. I can't wait to see him in a few weeks.
The girls look really nice. are they all yellow legged? Your broody's boy chicks look like white recessive too?
Hope you get a good cockerel. Thanks for posting the photos. :pics:

Glen, sorry to hear about your carnage. glad it seems to be under control now.


More pictures and videos of chicks. www.outoforderacres.com

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#7 2012-07-10 21:04:17

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-17
Posts: 2720
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Re: 3-week old chicks

Lovely.  Oops is going to be a beauty!  They all are!  :thumbs: :EO: 

The predators have been bad this year.  The mild winter I suppose.  I bet the populations are sky high.  Sorry to hear you troubles Glen.

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