Chick #90 just hatched (I helped by pulling the top off the egg after it got most of the way out). It was a BCM. Great hatch on the Marens this week, set 15 eggs and got 14 chicks.
I am super excited about some of the male chicks from the Welbar project. It really looks like they are the first "double barred" males. At hatch they look exactly like a Rhodebar male, so I need to band them and track them carefully, they are the critical stock I need to complete the process of creating a Welbar, and there are 3 of them out of 7 chicks !
It's rare to get so excited about male chicks, but genetically these guys are exactly what I'm looking for (I think, got to see if they grow out as expected).