The ones I just hatched are sold already (being picked up this evening, I hate to see them go!) but I have plenty of LO eggs if you want to try some more shipped ones!
I wonder what a AC/LO cross would look like? Hmmm
I'm not keeping any of the chicks. Wish I could ship to you! Isn't it nice to know who lays which egg? I have figured out which eggs my one pretty paint one lays. They are really white-ish and smooth and shiney. Then over the weekend I was looking in the run and I saw one girl standing in the very corner where the 2x4's meet. She had her face pushed into the corner like she was in a time out. I was thinking "what the heck is this chicken doing?". I opened the door and stepped in, just in time to see her pushing out the egg. It was gross and cool at the same time! It was actually wet when it came out. I picked it up and in seconds it dried right before my eyes. Very interesting!
I still have not seen one lay an egg either!
Are all of your silkie eggs smooth and shiny?
After the happy post yesterday, I have unfortunate news. I went out to bring them in right before sundown last night and found blood all over the ramp that led into their pond. I checked all the babies and they all appeared fine. However, the pure white ancona that hatched was acting extremely lethargic and couldn't even keep it's head up. By this morning, it had passed. After looking closely at it I noticed it had blood around it's mouth. My only conclusion to this is that the blood outside must have come from this duckling coughing it up.
Now this was one that had bacteria in the egg and I've heard that bacteria can kill a chick all the way up to 14 days old. Does anyone have experience with this or heard of a chick hemorraging blood like that before?
sounds horrible... I'm so sorry.