Cackle hatchery's Hatchery Surprise- Anybody got this before? - Page 289
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*scampers off to see SmallfarminWisc's "what are these little ones?" post*
I cleaned the brooders today, all the way down to bare wood, and took photos as I transferred the Littles back to their new digs. Having three levels and only two occupied is a luxury for me. I can set up the one level that's unoccupied, then empty an occupied level by moving them to the fresh set-up. The dirty digs get cleaned, and the second group moved in there. Then I take the third level down to bare wood, and leave it empty until setup for the next cleaning.
I photographed each chick before I put them in their new level.
I have, as best I can describe:
4 turkeys, three are yellow and one is now mostly gray
11 Barred Rocks
2 yellow with striped wings and feathered legs
1 chick with dark stripes
8 chipmunks with heavy eyeliner, speckled striped wings and yellow legs (no puffy cheeks)
6 Polish, three dark brown, two very yellow, and one yellow with some gray markings
1 very small brown chick with a rich brown head and dark legs
5 grayish chicks with much lighter wings
2 light chicks with darker wings
4 all yellow chicks without distinguishing marks
1 sweet little apricot chick with the tiniest wings
Sounds like a nice setup! I keep mine in an old horse stall outside in the barn. I sectioned it off to make it smaller for them that way if I have any escapes they are still confined and cant go far. They get more room but cleaning is interesting. They are getting big enough to start jumping out of the crate I put them in to clean. BUT I can sit in the brooder if I want so its an even trade off.
I dunno what to think of your turkens! I think they would scare my nieces and nephews. I would love to see what they look liek when they get older.
You definitely have some adorable little chicks! I wish I could help you identify some of your yellow ones!
Wow, that has no crest at all!
How fast did they grow? When did the crests make an appearance?
I have about a half dozen with that gray through the yellow on their bodies and pale wings. I do wonder what they will turn out to be. They look to be growing faster than the turkeys!
Well, they seemed to grow as fast as all the others, but they are a smaller breed. We have one Leghorn hen, and the Spitzhauben hens are a teeny bit taller than her, with a bit more girth. I will post a few more pics of them as chicks, if you want.
Their crests took about a week or so before they turned into tiny nobs on the top of their head. The nobs took a while before they started to feather in. Lemme see if I can find anything else...
By the way, this is the male. The females of gray on the top of their head, while, in my experience, the males of yellow/white.
This is a female. The females, overall, seem darker. They develop some of their feathers on their wings before they develop the crest.
(we actually had some Welsummer chicks that were so nasty, they plucked a growing pin feather, so we had to pluck it out. We had to get rid of the Welsummer's when they got a little older, as no one enjoyed them at all(the other chicks))