Friday, May 13, 2016

Chick Days Again

Hatch Date: 5/9/2016, Privett Hatchery, NM
13 standard EEs, 12 Cuckoo Marans
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Since Francis, our first abandoned chick that hatched on April 20, 3 other bantams hatched on May 3-4. None of the hens seemed to care for them either, so we thought it was safer to bring them inside with Francis.

All are feather-legged like Francis. One is black with a small white bib, one is a pretty self-blue, and the smallest is buff-colored with just a few dark specks near its neck.

Wednesday, 5/11 was the day I had planned to prepare the outdoor chick brooder for the 4 bantam chicks that had hatched from our hens. I just needed to put up draft walls and the heat lamp. When I got home, I noticed that Lee had already set up the brooder for me. How nice! When I looked closer, I saw a lot more chicks! I wasn't expecting them until July/August instead of my original May time frame, since TSC had told me that they had screwed up my special order and had to resend it to the hatchery.

All the chicks look great. There's one runty-sized maran that doesn't appear to be as downy as the others, but it seems to be thriving as well as the more robust-looking chicks. I love the bearded faces of the EEs. It makes their eyes look Asian.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Abandoned Chick

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Hens appear to have no time for their early firstborn.

So now he's in solitary confinement in hopefully a catproof nursery.

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at 2 weeks 5/4/16

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I love our tiny rooster Ponyboy. He's grown up to be a handsome Golden Neck d'Uccle. He's a good flock leader and still pretty tame.


2 chickies hatched 3 weeks ago, mothered by the lavender ameraucana. Goldish white like our roo, with feather feet. One has vulture hocks. Both are doing great. Glad they are big enough to not pop through the chicken wire anymore.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Tiny Dancer is Molting

Tiny Dancer, our only standard-size chicken and our oldest, is molting, and she just looks awful. And I hate that the coop is full of her feathers everywhere. It looks like a predator got lucky. But when she's back to herself again she'll be a an even more beautifully-feathered Columbian Wyandotte.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mystery Chick Appears!

Just happened to check the coop a few minutes ago and heard a wailing chick! Didn't even know we had an egg ready. We must have overlooked it buried in the nest fluff. Lee had marked some to hatch just two weeks ago. It's black with a black beak and grayish black feet. I was glad I was there because it squeezed through the chicken wire and popped out of the coop. I put it back and the two easter egger hens, the lavender and the black ones, promptly guided it to the run area and sat on it, both together! It's so cute...the black hen was peeking out the lavender one's wing.

We successfully rehomed our two Sultan cockerals in July, leaving us with our single rooster Ponyboy, the golden neck d'Uccle. Hoping this new chick is a female and the actual offspring of one of the two momma hens, which would give us another green egg layer.