Chicks!

So here’s an update on all the chicks.   Abby’s and Ashley’s both.

So, I’ll start with Abby’s chicks.  Most of her eggs hatched yesterday, a day early.

Five of them hatched yesterday, and Abby held on to the other egg until mid morning and then she moved off the nest to eat and drink.  When she does that, I know the egg won’t hatch, so I removed it.

Of the five remaining babies, one of them passed sometime this afternoon.  I found it when I came back from grocery shopping.  Sad because it was the cutest one (IHMO) and the one I liked the looks of the best.

I am very disappointed about the little yellow-ish colored one. He was different looking from the others.

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Pip!

Okay, so Pip isn’t one of Abby’s new Littles, but he washer very first Little.  He spent most of yesterday going in and out of the coop, pacing and just seemed to be hanging out. He and Abby have a special bond. I have often observed that even though most people don’t give chickens credit for ‘family ties’ in the way we humans think of family, Pip and Abby seem to have it.  He has ‘helped’ watch after her other hatches, being the protective big brother to Pavel, Hershey and the Boys all summer.  He is respectful of her.  In my mind, he was pacing the coop yesterday because he could hear the change in her soft buck-bucks and hear the peeps of the babies,and he knew that his Momma was having her babies.

Today is a different story and he was outside helping Papa Dots watch over the flock!  But yesterday he was waiting to be a big brother again. Pip, btw, will be 1 year old on the 29th. Happy Birthday, Baby Boy!

Now… Ashley’s babies… some of whom could either be Pip’s little siblings or offspring depending on which hens mated with which rooster… are going to be four weeks old this Sunday.

They are STILL here. They are, however, very difficult to ‘pen down’ to get pictures of. Ashley has kind of reared them to be wild.   I walk out to watch them and they run as far away from me as they can.

I did manage to scoop them up and get some comparative pictures tonight, so we can see how they are, and make some early guesses on Hen or Roo.

First up here is Miracle Max.  Max is the biggest.  No longer yellow, he is mostly white, reminding me a lot of Eugenie.  He (I’m guessing Roo) has a big comb, which is already slightly pinkish and the beginnings of jowly wattles.

This one is is Dalmie #1.   She has a black spot on her back and a little higher up on her shoulders, otherwise all white. Smaller comb and almost non-existent wattles. She’s slim in body and has slightly more slender legs.

In case you can’t guess, I’m betting on a little henny with this one.

This is the Dalmie #2.  He has a big comb and the start of jowly wattles, but his comb isn’t as pink as Max’s.   He’s mostly white, but with a strip of black in his tail and a splotch of up in his hackle feathers.

I included a picture of his feet. Both of the Dalmie’s have slightly grey legs.  It’s like a combination of the Golden Comet yellow with the grey of the Australorp.   I’m willing to bet anything that the Dalmies are white Australorp crosses.

 

This is Felicia, aka the Cinnamon Bun.  I promised a friend I would name one Bye Felicia… and this is the one we chose to bear that name… and I can’t decide if Felicia is really Felicia…. or Felipe.   Smaller comb, but bigger than Dalmie #1’s.  Slightly noticeable jowls… but not quite.

This chick also is one of the bolder of the four, and I’ve seen him/her butt chests with Max.  That’s usually a sign of a boy, except that I’ve seen hens do it, too, even at that age.

Felicia is my Question Mark.  Hen, Roo… this chick is going to keep me guessing.

And while you all are guessing … here’s a video I took this morning of the four of them, plus Ashley, playing  a rousing game of “It’s mine! It’s mine!” with something they foraged out of the grass.

 

One of these days, I need to write down my thoughts on the different types of chicken parenting I have observed this year. Abby, Claire and Ashley each have exhibited vastly different styles of chick raising. Abby is a helicopter mom, always close to her chicks, always near by. Vicious if you threaten them. She isn’t afraid to lay into the hen or rooster who get close to her babies. She barely trusts me with them. Claire is an overseer, who leads her babies outside,demonstrates skills and watches them practice til they learn. She lets them roam, but guards the space she’s designated as theirs. No one goes in or out without her leave. Ashley is very hands off and scatter brained. Her babies follow her, learn from watching, but she often just wanders off and leaves them alone while she forages elsewhere. They freak out, cry and cry until she returns. Vastly different from my other mother hens.

Yes, that is a post for another day,when I have more time to collect and present my thoughts. 🙂

 

7 thoughts on “Chicks!

  1. Cuteness! I’m with you on all the Hen or Roo? picks and agree Felicia could go either way but I’m going to go with hen. I was thinking the same thing about the Dalmies: there’s gotta be Australorp in there. Then I was trying to figure out how, as black is quite dominant unless you have blue or splash or something else. But then, I went to this chicken calculator website – http://kippenjungle.nl/kruising.html – did some fiddling around and discovered some interesting things. If you click on the ‘show examples’ buttons by the male and female pictures you can pick which colour or nearest ‘colour’ the possible parent is. So, Dots is white, right? Cross him with a black Australorp and all chicks should all be black. But if you change the rooster colour to white red columbian, which I think is the closest to Pip, with a black hen, you get 50% white, 50% black chicks. The grey on the legs isn’t very likely from any of your red hens, and thus, I think Pip may be the father of the Dalmies to a black Australorp! Don’t take my word for it though, have a fiddle, it’s very interesting and confusing haha. 🙂

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    • Chicken genetics are very confusing! I don’t really know what a splash chicken entails. Pip and Dots were both spending time with Australorps right before Ashley went broody. Ash and Briar Rose were hanging out with Dots while Cinderella and Jasmine were frequently in Pips company. A little trading but I think Cinderella is Pip’s main squeeze. All eggs were laid the same day, too. I always give day eggs so I know they are fresh. I’ll have check out that site and see what combination explains Eugenia!

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      • Too right! Sorry, I was reverting into my own little Australorp world. Australorps have three commonly (naturally?) occurring colours: black, blue and splash. You can also get white ones but they’re not very common and I don’t know exactly how they fit in. Splash is white or light grey with blue or black splotches. So, technically, if the Dalmies were purebreds they would be called a splash colour. But because they’re halfies, and no blue was involved, and for genetic explanations in your flock, they are closest to white. Things get tricky when you have unknown genetics! That chicken calculator is fascinating and mind-boggling at the same time. Splash is not a recognised Australorp colour, as in for showing purposes, but they are very common and breeders often use them to help produce blue chicks. This website has the genetic outcomes of crossing Australorp colours if you’re interested: http://charmicvalleypoultry.weebly.com/australorps.html. Splash is also a term used with Orpingtons, but because they come in a few more colours, ‘splash’ is often used for any purebred that is a non-solid colour. I have seen a picture of an Orpington rooster in NZ with a chocolatey-type colour that was called a splash. Must not get tempted to go down that road! 😛
        It must be very entertaining watching two roosters interact with the different ladies. It’s nice that they can all get along. Don’t forget that a rooster’s juice can last for quite a while inside a hen. The average is 2 weeks and it can be up to 4 weeks, so you have to keep the last few weeks in mind! I don’t know anything more detailed about what happens if a hen has been with more than one rooster though. I guess it’s survival of the strongest. Either that or tropical fruit punch. 😉

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      • Also (the last also!), I just realised there is a dominant white and a recessive white option on that chicken calculator, but the dominant white seems to have only white offspring.

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      • Dots is a sexlinked rooster, so he is a hybrid. That has to play in there somewhere. I do of a site that explain sexlinked genetics. He’s basically a Rhode Island Red-Rhode Island White cross (what the sign said where we bought him, anyway). Then they manipulate the genetics so the white comes out in male chicks and the girls turn brown/red/gold. These crosses can be called Golden Comet, Red Star, Cinnamon Queen. Gen 2 babies are not sexlinked and can be any color. I looked them up and Pip has a common sexlinked Gen 2 look about him. Given that Dots has thrown a multi color baby (Pip) and an almost pure RIR looking one (Dani) and a pure white (Eugenie), I would assume his white is not dominant. Or that the Rhode Island Red over powered it.

        I need to look up information on Buffs then. I have two buff Orpingtons and one is a fairly solid golden yellow. The other is two distinct yellow colors. She has golden yellow on her head/neck and a pale yellow on the rest of her.

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