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Hello New Franklin!  I live in Northern MO, but camped in your lovely town a couple of years ago during a KATY Trail adventure.  We have chicks about the same age or a little older than yours.  A couple of them are also Buff Orp.  I worried about mine today because of the relentless rains today, but they seemed to time their adventures for when the rain was letting up.  Ours no longer have a light, but I don't think you are hurting them by having one.  Late April's been...
Thanks for the Advice RedDrgn.  That's kind of what I did with my SL Wyandotte Roo and my GL Polish Roos.  I didn't handle them all that much, but I did hand fed them a lot.  They are very nice, polite gentle men and good to their girls.   But, I was beginning to question if it really had an impact as I have a Belgian D'Uccle Roo who hates my guts. I don't do anything differently around him, but he seems to feel he needs to attack me if he is out of his tractor. I...
I have learned how to approach a strange dog from the the side to show I'm friendly not threatening and not to run, etc.  Are there ways to interact with roosters to keep them from feeling threatened and attacking me?  One of my favorite little Cochin Cockerels is only 3 months old, but seems to want to "back me up".  He has acted like the head honcho for quite awhile.  I even named him Napoleon because he was such a cocky little thing.  I fear it's only a matter of time...
    My Little Soldier Chicks.  These Bearded Golden Laced Polish were hatched on Monday.  They are so sweet.  I think incubating them in a classroom of Toddlers has made them very calm.  They are the babies of my own chickens so that makes them extra special.  I don't think you can wing sex them.  Too bad cause they would all be hens. . .  Oh well. 
Just an update.  I did leave it and it had improved by the time I had to leave.  I brought it home with me and the four chicks I am keeping. One toe was curling up. I sort of splinted it with a bandaid to hold the position.  This morning I removed the bandaid.  Tonight it is doing great!
Leave them.  Do not open the incubator while chicks are pipping or they will start to dry out and stick because of the reduced humidity.  If you absolutely have to open it, have a warm spray bottle of water ready and spray the eggs and close as quickly as possible.  Otherwise they are fine for another day or two.  
My DH is building A-Frame chicken tractors.  He has built four so far and needs to build about 4 more.  Then we are also going to add another big coop.  Thinking we will just get a metal shed from Home Depot and modify it a bit.  I am little concerned about heat in the summer, but that's the plan.
I just hatched a clutch of eggs in our incubator.  On chick was zipped half way around it's shell and then stopped.  I guess it got sticky although humidity was at 75% or higher all day.  When we moved all the other chicks over, I hear this one still chirping and helped it out of it's shell.  It is alert and trying to clean it's self, but one foot is kind of curled and it can't seem to walk very well.  Is there something to be done for this foot?  Does it need more time...
    My bad,  I guess I should say the chick got "sticky" as shrink wrapping happens before pipping.  
Oh! I almost forgot, the D'Uccles are usually bearded D'Uccles, so you can look for puffy little cheeks. 
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