Woke up to about 2 inches of snow this morning... figures, it is always cold and miserable on the weekend of the maple syrup festival. It was sunny and in the 60s all week, maple syrup festival - boom. Freezing temps and snow (last year was in the teens/20s!).
Hoping it will warm back up asap... it makes me nervous to have so many little chicks outside in a new-to-me brooder system (MHP). I have lost a few birds, but I think they had a really rough shipment. I've been cleaning pasty butt on a few birds and those birds seem weaker and end up dying later that day or the next. Just lost our bonus chick today. I had been hopeful that it was a blue cochin since we had lost one our first chicken year (it was my daughter's special bird). Cleaned pasty butt yesterday (we picked them up from the PO on Wednesday so they are still just a few days old). It was fine this morning, but was laying next to the food dish when we got back from the maple syrup festival this afternoon.
I don't think I posted pictures of the chicks in this thread... here are a few...
Chicks from dheltzel - blue egg black sexlink, olive egg legbar cross (is that what we're calling it?), and welsummer.
Shipped chicks. Mostly cornish roasters, a few delaware, 2 SLW, 2 red laced white cornish (lost one :-( ), and 2 dark cornish. Cornish roasters are mostly in the chicken tractor, other cornish and delaware will be in the new breeding pen together, and the SLW will move to the laying coop.
Close ups... this was the bonus chick we got with our order that we lost today. Feathered feet really would have been no Bueno in our uncovered run, but it was still a sad loss.
Red laced white cornish - never heard of these before, thought it would be a nice color variety to try with our Delaware - Cornish cross. I hope the remaining one survives, they seemed smaller and more fragile than some of the other birds for some reason.
And the meaties in the chicken tractor.. I was a little nervous about the Littles getting picked on or trampled by the bigs, but they seem to be doing okay together :-)
I also got a nice shot of these eggs in the nest box the other day. Such a cute little trio of eggs that I went back inside for my camera before collecting them.