DH is always offered a bird to cuddle, but he declines. It's fun having quail in the house (now that it's only a few). DD likes how easy the new cage is to clean. (I like that too b/c I don't have to remind her every morning.)
Years ago when we 1st hatched (& kept) chicks, I allowed DD to snuggle them during the brooder stage. A simple "chicken towel" across the lap is all that's required (helps contain feathers, dirty feet, & other bio functions). The chickens got used to handling & the kids get to read to a chicken. Thankfully, both kids are very conscientious about hand washing after chickens & they're now great readers. During the pullet stage, the chickens would get to come inside as long as the inside/outside temp diff isn't too great. What's nice about the older birds is that they usually gain vent control and can be held for 10-20min at a time. If they need to relieve themselves, they get wiggly & keep trying to stand up. That's the cue for coop time ASAP. Every once & a while we get a bird who either doesn't enjoy snuggles or never learns to control herself. (Some of you may remember my stories about "Poopie Poo.") Let's just say that those birds don't get invited into the house. The chicken/dog towels are stored by the back door. House visits are not a daily occurrence, but since the quail are already in our house, they get a lot of extra attention just because they're in close proximity. Tues = 3 weeks old.
If they're solid black,then Yes, there's a very good chance. It all depends on the roo:
Brick - chick would have barring. There's one choc cuckoo orp that had to come from Godiva xBrick. Not sure if the black chick with head spot could be his or if it's a Biele mix male. see below
Moose - could only give lav, so any black chick of his would be lav split (His size + Godiva's body shape would look amazing)
Dummy - could give lav or black. No way to tell unless you breed the chick in the future to a lav
At least one chick is a BielefelderxOrp mix. (Her eggs & Godiva's look alike. I think we set only one Biele egg, but it's possible for me to make a mistake.) The Biele is a huge, cuddly, egg machine. She started at only 5 months & is still going strong through all this snow/cold. A Biele-orp male would have barring & female mix would be solid black. If you see a black chick that develops some non-orp traits, - like a shorter comb with too many points, mis-colored or shorter legs, long box-shaped body (instead of round), or unique, non-solid color pattern, then it's probably the mix. As far as size, my Biele pullet is bigger than Brick (an orp roo), but not as tall as Moose. My former Biele roo grew to be about 12 lbs & his head was well above my knee. (I do miss that big boy!) The Bieles do great in cold weather, mature faster, eat far less than an orp (as adult), and produce more eggs.
Okay sounds great! Very excited to see what's what and who's who. Almost certain both our Pharaoh quail are boys bummer. Hopefully we get some girls too.
I love hearing about the birds getting to enjoy movie nights at your house lol wish we could do that. Lol
Well my phone has been working on and off so I snapped a couple pics of the cream legbar pullet today let's see if I can get it to post them. We are now almost certain that it's just my phone and that I need a new one.
Okay so I just tried and my phone won't show me the best pics when I try to upload them so I'll have to try with dh2b's phone to get those ones on tomorrow but for now here's a couple of the not so good ones.