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Chicks – Week Three

Another week flew by, and the chicks are getting so big! Almost all of them are covered in feathers (except their heads and underside), and a few are really sticking out as boys.

There is Paul – named by my best friend Leelynn. I am almost certain Paul is a he. There are feathers on his wings that are already reddening. His comb is more advanced, he has a tough guy/I’m not afraid of anything attitude.

He is now the first to explore new foods – Hoover was always #1, but now Paul is more ballsy than him. He is the best flier as well. He was the one that was dropped at 2 days old by Olivia. I thought for sure he was a goner, but he pulled through with flying colours.

There is the other chipmunk coloured EE, I am really not sure on the gender of this one. Could go either way right now. Still remains unnamed.

There is Willow – I am pretty sure Willow is a girl. Comb is small and light. She is very shy.. Will NOT eat out of my hand and is standoffish. I’m hoping this will improve.

There is that white frizzle mix. Still no name. I thought it was a boy for sure, but that comb is so small.. I want to think more positively 😛 He/She is now a little over four weeks.

Hoover – Again.. I don’t know for sure if it is a girl or boy. If going by attitude alone, I would say girl. If going by looks.. I wouldn’t know… I thought Hoover was a boy from the get-go, but now I am not so sure.

Here’s Hoover again. ❤

Bonnie could be a boy, but it’s hard to tell. Her comb is small, and the lighting during the picture makes it look pinker than it actually is. Bonnie’s attitude is the most feminine, and she has delicate little features. If she is a HE, he would be a very feminine rooster.

Here are Janet’s three babies. I still think only one is a boy. I’ve named my favourite Skittles. The rest are still unnamed.

I didn’t take any pictures of Eedie or her look-alike since last week. I will take some tonight 🙂 I think Eedie might be a boy, and her look-alike is a girl… Time will tell.


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Chicks First Day Outside

So Janet did indeed give up on that one lone egg… Not long after I made my last post. I didn’t have a good feeling about it hitting day 23 anyway.. It will teach me to wash developing eggs… I’m going to avoid that subject altogether (still bummed)..

I did get to bring the chicks outside for the first time Tuesday, March 20th! At first only Janet’s posse seemed at ease. It took nearly 20 minutes for the other eight to open up and scratch around. When they felt comfortable enough, they loved ever second.

Note Eedie being all nosey ❤ She is still one of my favourites.

All of the 3 and 1/2 week olds. I don’t believe that any are going to be frizzled, though Bonnie has strange feathers.

The white frizzle mix does have a few curled feathers.. Who knows.. Maybe.. Just maybe…

Janet only mothers the eight other chicks when I bring them outside. She does not like to be confined with all eleven of them. The three older ones peck her in the eye, and she gets pretty upset with them.

The above EE I have for now determined is a girl. She is very weary of being handled, and shies away from me even when I have bribe-food (ie: spinach). She has the smallest and least noticeable pea comb of all the brown EEs..

We have decided to name the little one Willow, after one of our favourite neighbourhood children who loves our chickens. I think it fits her.

The chicks all enjoyed some millet to scratch around for in the leaves.

I believe this is a male. Look at those legs! He jumps the highest, even though he has the least feathers of anyone.

Bonnie has red splotches coming in all over. I adore her quilted pattern. It’s all so random and colourful. Her mother was Frizzle over Phoenix, and her dad was a frizzle. No idea what he had in his past, but he was white.

I do think Bonnie is a girl.. Even though her comb is the same size as her brothers’… She has just feathered in so fast, and has the demeanor of a girl (in my opinion anyway.)

She has also fallen into the spot of the smallest chick. Despite being one week older than the younger chicks, she is remarkably tiny. I think she is adorable and ties in at my favourite with Eedie.

Big stretch!

Janet has not been eating much at all. All of her energy/resources are spent mothering her three Mottled Houdan chicks. They adore their mommy, and she adores them.

Meet Skittles! I do believe Skittles is a girl, and is my favourite out of the three Houdans. I can tell her apart because of the dark streak on her leg.

Here is the other ‘girl’ houdan. I am going to call them by their assumed genders until I know otherwise. I do know it is too early to tell 100%, but some really stick out as boys, and some really stick out as girls (to me at least).

I’ve always thought Hoover was a boy, but that comb has not reddened or grown much at all in two weeks.

Anyone want to help name the other two Houdans? I could really use names that go with Skittles! 🙂

“OH that sun feels so nice… Zzzzz…”

We have broken temperature records the past three days. On Tuesday it hit 22 degrees, yesterday 26 and today it’s going to be 27. That shatters the records set 67 years ago. Can you imagine? The record high in March was 21.1 on March 29th 1945. Our average high in July (our hottest month) is 25.2 – our hottest day EVER was 36…. We were only 9 degrees away from breaking an all time record in MARCH. 

No complaints.. I see a very hot summer ahead of us…. Break out the sunscreen people!

Did I mention that Olive is Broody now?

We call her super brood, because she will brood for two days and decide her eggs have hatched. She is so fat she hatches at super speed.

Since Monday she has been faithfully broody. I have been kicking her out more than five times a day. We can not hatch until we move. Smiley

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Eggs Died… One is left.

Janet pushed three eggs that had died before pipping on Saturday.. One lone egg is left, and it is day 23. I am giving up hope. Now it’s just waiting to see if the last one is gone too. I really wish I hadn’t of washed them when they were soiled. 😦

At least we have chicks to give her.. She has taken to motherhood without hesitation. Janet is such a great first-time mom.

The chicks are growing and feathering in nicely. There are shavings EVERYWHERE. We have to vacuum on a daily basis around the playpen. They all are having a blast digging and dust bathing in the shavings. They are becoming little versions of their future selves.

We still have not named many.. Hoover, Bonnie and Eedie. I think we will name one Skittles, and one Murtle. I am just waiting to determine sexes before we make any hasty decisions. Knowing us, we don’t change the names after they are in place. Ruth stayed Ruth despite being a boy.. I don’t want to name one Murtle and have it turn out to be a roo 😉 How embarrassed would he be?

I have my theories on these three. I think two are girls (left and middle) and the one on the right is a male. Let’s see if I’m right!

Feel free to give your two cents. I have not raised chicks before, but I have read a lot of sexing tips. Apparently boys feather in slower. That is one reason I think the one on the right is a boy. I also have read that boys have thicker legs (he does). He also just has masculine eyes in my opinion.

He also feels heavier than the other two.

As for the Easter Eggers.. I really don’t know..

There’s this one..

He/She could be either..

Still thinking that the frizzle mix #1 is a boy. He is very bossy.

This is Hoover.. Thinking Hoover may be a boy as well.

This is the slowest feathering EE chick. Could it be an roo?

**Darn them and messing up their food! I clear it out 3 times a day from shavings *Rolls eyes**

Eedie or her look alike ❤

Bonnie – If feathering in girls is faster, she is definitely a girl. Her brothers born the same day have much less feathering than she does.

The three Frizzle crosses.

This week is supposed to be beautiful outside. I hope to take them out to explore if Janet is ready.


Almost There!

Today is day 19 on Janet’s brooding. We lost the silkie egg 😦 – Just stopped devleoping somewhere between day 11 and 16. The other four are doing wonderful, and are kicking and filling up the egg nicely. Janet is so ready to be a mom.

We now have two of Janet’s eggs (Jagger is the daddy), one of Olive’s eggs (Jagger is the daddy) and one of Marge’s eggs (again, Jagger is the daddy) going into broody lock-down.

Here is the development on day 16. They would kick when you tapped on the egg. It was heart-warming ❤

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All Chicks are Thriving!

Didn’t lose a single one 😀 All are growing inches in feathers a day it seems. I have only named one. She has been dubbed Eedie. Dylan and I are on a Desperate Housewives kick.

Here she is. Hopefully it is indeed a ‘she’. Only time will tell. Eedie is a lot easier to handle than the others. We did have a bit of a scare when one of the chipmunk EE’s jumped out of Olivia’s hands and fell on her back. She almost died.. She went limp.. It was terrifying.

She bounced back within 10 minutes. After an hour it was like nothing at all had happened.

Name suggestions are encouraged. Any ideas? ANYONE?

I’m going to have to get some recent pictures uploaded. These images are from Tuesday. They are much bigger now. ❤


The Chicks Have Arrived!

Having waited for what felt like FOREVER, we finally brought home our eleven chicks! We are not going to keep all of them, as all were sold as straight run anyway. Hopefully we will have a few girls in there 🙂

We bought 3 Mottled Houdans

How could you say ‘no’ to that face?

We bought 2 light EE’s (He claimed they were Ameraucana, but I knew better – I just wanted coloured eggs anyway).

We bought 3 chipmunk patterned EE’s.. Very cute ❤

And three mystery chicks. Their father is a frizzle, so we are HOPING to get at least one frizzle out of the three.

I think the white one on the right is a cockerel. It is one of the mystery chicks. I hope this one will frizzle for us *FINGERS CROSSED*

Here is their makeshift brooder in our spare room. It was the only room left that we could close the door and not have to worry about the cats getting in and helping themselves to a chicken dinner.

Though while supervised, both Dexter and Lilly-Ru showed no aggression what-so-ever.

Dexter was even kind enough to test the temperature out before the chicks arrived. *snickers*

Ahhh.. Just right..

This is my first time having chicks, so the first time I saw this, I kind of worried. They look dead when they bask in the warmth, don’t they?

Thanks for reading!