@Blooie @lazy gardener @azygous @shawn54 @realsis and everyone I know I missed (sorry!)
Babies arrived at 6am yesterday morning. All happy (ish) and seemingly healthy. As of "tuck in" time tonight, apprx 9:15pm EST, everyone is doing well. Little sillies still haven't seemed to figure out the broody cave on their own- only seem to remember it when I put them in it. I did make it much smaller and low to the ground, Blooie. And they were more receptive to it but still don't much enter on their own Maybe just bird brains, I guess. Last night and tonight I went out at dark to find them all crammed in a corner together. Put them under heating pad mamma and all stayed under. Our nights are pretty warm right now (60-65) Maybe it's more security than that they might be cold? They were all fine and feisty this morning when I went out around 9am, so I am not too worried, just kind of curious about the behavior.
and OMG I AM IN LOVE!?! Two of the 17 have totally stolen me over! "Nugget" is Speckled Sussex-seems to be the smallest of the four SS- and the only way other than her fearlessness I can tell her from the others is by her eye markings. And my 'mystery bonus chick' from McMurray, who I am pretty certain is a Barred Rock - is a mess! I am reminded of the Looney Tunes Roadrunner watching him/her. I am praying that Rocket is a pullet and not a roo....but I might just have to risk the urban neighbor's complaints if Rocket is a roo.