Originally Posted by Junibutt
I am glad she is becoming friends with you. She may be missing one of her other siblings. Also glad that she is still a "she"! Her siblings that are left with me Tequila, Kanye and Kim are all become friendly by the day. Also you are right, because of their size, it may be becoming some Orps innate behavior not to roost.
BTW one of my friends here (not naming names) has enabled me to buy some choc mottled (or split to mottled) chicks. DW will not be happy when they show up at my door especially since I also have a few Legbar eggs in the incubator.
DH just kind of rolled his eyes when he was told about the additional chicks. Honestly he doesn't care about the spring summer numbers. It's the final fall-winter number that matters. I will have to get rid of 1-2 current lav orps to make room for my choc orps.
Meanwhile I sold a bunch of chicks & have a waiting list for any EEs that may hatch next week. The brooder had about 27 chicks a week ago & it now has only 7. (including those 3 choc orps that somehow ended up in there.) The last guy who came to look was vent "sexing" them. He tried to show me what he was looking at, but I just didn't see it. He also talked about how the females' tails sprout quicker. I found that true with all my EEs and my orps from 2014. Those female orps also grew their back feathers in quickly while the males had porcupine-like backs. Last year, I was baffled because none of the feather sexing tricks worked (different breeder, different line). I tried to explain to him not to judge these particular orps by their feather growth but to look for pink combs & dropping wattles. At 6-7 days old, there's simply not enough comb to compare. Oh well. By 4 1/2 weeks, I can usually compare & tell easily. The simple answer is to wait, but no one likes that answer.
For me, the best part about selling chicks is meeting all the new friends. This weekend I met a fellow 4Her, a high school teacher, a carpenter, a mechanic, & a machinist. I even learned of a new local feed store to try out. My kids had a constant stream of visiting playmates while the adults talked chickens.