And now the girls....and one chick that keeps me guessing about gender. This grouping is much, much smaller.
Fezz - She's a bit nervous for my taste, but very alert and hardy with a good growth rate.
Princess - very sweet, okay growth rate, but she comes from one of my best green egg layers.
Weesie - *Sigh* Where do I begin with this one. Her name came from the cold she caught early on...or other respiratory illness...that appears to have stunted her growth. She doesn't show any additional signs of respiratory problems, and illness never spread through the flock, but she's so small! In fact, she's smaller than my Silkie/Bielefelder girls, weighing in at only 17.57 ounces at 8 weeks while the rest of her flock comes in around 26 ounces. Her growth rate has accelerate these past couple weeks, but everything about her is so tiny compared to the others...almost bantam-like. "Petite" doesn't begin to describe her. I'm debating whether to just cull her, or watch her development for the sake of learning.
And finally....This is Ruby...or Rudy. One day I think it's a female, and the next a male. Fast feathering and flightiness told me female, but then the comb and wattles became much larger and I though male. A weight of 27.55 ounces is much smaller than the boys, but larger than the girls. I guess Ruby will tell me by either crowing or laying an egg.
I LOVE looking at your photos!!! You have such lovely birds - and I always love photos of NNs. (Still so impressed at how nice your photos turn out!!!) You've got some very promising birds there!
I'm at work, but am really anxious, because even though I criss-cross-festooned the paddocks for the chickens with a lot of surveyors tape (what I had on hand), right as I was about to walk out the door, I saw a big hawk swooping down to try to go after the NNs. He couldn't get to them and while I would hope that my extensive festooning would help, I know hawks can be very smart - I HAD to leave then, and I can't get away again until the end of the day, and I'm not sure what I'll find when I go home. (And they'll likely stay inside tomorrow - which they will HATE.)
Is there a smiley for nail-biting?!
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