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We picked up 6 chicks tonight to start our chicken adventure.  2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Australorps and 2 Barred Rocks.  The 2 Speckled Sussex are about 4 weeks old and the rest are about one week old.  I am not sure that we actually got Barred Rocks though as the 4 smaller chicks look identical and do not have a light colored dot on the heads.  

 

  In any event they are in the brooder and seem to be getting along.  One of the smaller 4 is quite adventurous and will come to my hand when I scratch around in the wood chips.  She allows us to hold her and she is quite calm.  The others are less interested.  Maybe once they get a little settled they will come around.  I might get a couple more tomorrow afternoon, if I can find a couple of Blue Laced Red Wyandotte chicks.  My wife is starting to get interested too :)

 

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They look great - nice one! From my experience it seems that the most inquisitive chicks are males - could be coincidence, but there you go. Chicken maths has surely got a vice-like hold of you - makes the rest of us feel better :) I wish you the best of luck with your chick hunt today!

 

All the best

CT

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They are precious! Congratulations!! keep the pictures coming! So cute♡♡♡
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Is the "friendly" one the chick in the far corner? The one with the obvious comb? Watch that one. If the comb turns red in the next few weeks, you have a cockerel.

 

You sure caught "chicken math" early! Make sure the new additions are under four weeks, and try to resist adding more after they get to be a month old. Pecking order is well established by then and new additions get trickier.

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Is the "friendly" one the chick in the far corner? The one with the obvious comb? Watch that one. If the comb turns red in the next few weeks, you have a cockerel.

 

You sure caught "chicken math" early! Make sure the new additions are under four weeks, and try to resist adding more after they get to be a month old. Pecking order is well established by then and new additions get trickier.

Tonight is it for additions.  I know that even though they are sold as Rhonda's there is always a chance that she might turn out to be Roy :)  Thanks for the input.

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