Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Chickies!

The Chickies are here!

They started to pip at around noon April, 29 2013.

Red has been a great broody much to my dismay because she is our best layer and we have had to buy eggs lately :-/

Lets' meet the new ones...

3 from the Young Farm hatched first. 2 easter-eggers and one from a barred rock or a welsummer looking hen. I call them the 3 amigos.

They were out and about while the others took time to escape.
The others came one by one over the next day.

April 30 - by the time I put the ladies to bed, I counted 6 confirmed hatches. With possibly a bout 4 more different voices under there.

Here is some video from April 30 of the 3 amigos and red getting jealous of their fame and stealing the shot.

 Lets meet the individuals so far.

From the Young Farm 2 ameraucana mixes and 2 mystery mixes

The 3 Amigos: They were the 1st 3 to hatch out and they stick together.

This next one hid a bit and looked like Ned - their combs are different - Bear has a serrated and Ned is flat. Bear also has super puffy red head and the breast is not as yellow.

The 8 from Tucker Farm




Names are subject to change. I just needed something to tell them apart from each other.

Sexing will have to be determined when one starts to crow. I tried the wing feather method but they all have 2 rows (indicating female on some breeds). There has got to be a boy in there somewhere.


  1. Did you buy fertilized eggs? I so want to do this with one of my hens someday but none have ever gone broody on me so far.

    1. Yes I did. I have 2 neighbor friends that have roosters in their flock. I bought 4 eggs from one and a dozen from the other. The eggs were fresh, warm, unrefrigerated and not cleaned. Only one was infertile out of the 14 eggs I gave to Red. I may have to do a post detailing how I encouraged brooding and the egg switcheroo.

  2. Congratulations on your new babies! Just a little tip: wing sexing can only be accurately done IF the father of the chick was a fast-feathering breed and the mother was a slow-feathering breed. Of course, any method will be correct half the time by virtue of chance. ;)

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week- I hope you'll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Thanks Kathy. With my mixed breed crew and no sexing training I am going with the ole "crow method". ;-) Makes it more fun by having a "roo betting pool" going with family and friends. Who will try to crow and on what day? Chicks are SO much fun.


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