Originally Posted by RedBanks
Your babies are getting big! So cute!
Thank you!! Yes they are! It is unfortunate that two from SHR passed.. but I am making the best of it with these two darlings!
Originally Posted by terrip824
Does any one have any info on the Curtis Hale line of CCL? Good? Bad? I hadn't heard of this line. Along those lines, how is the quality of chicks coming out of SHR?
Okay, so I did a bit of research on the Curtis Hale line. So Curtis Hale is a large contributor to Cream Legbars as he breeds, shows, and wins with GORGEOUS birds. I also read somewhere that one of his focuses is better productivity with larger eggs. He's also active in the CL Club and has wrote wonderful articles about the breed. My two chicks were of course from SHR and both beautiful. Some have claimed that because they do not have an unbroken line coming down their head, they have bad auto-sexing qualities while others say it doesn't matter, as long as you can tell male from female, they fit the SOP and are technically auto-sexing.
Regarding color, I wouldn't worry too much (I've copied and pasted this here before which is taken from another thread, when I expressed worry about my chick's head stripe):
Quote from ChicKat:
here is a 'plate' from an article in a genetics journal back in R.C. Punnett's day. It shows the different chick downs that he was experiencing - and he stated he saw no real effect in the differences in adults based on chick plumage.
and here is a slightly enhanced photo back from the days of Pease:
I'm documenting their growth on here, so if you are curious on how both lines grow out - check my link later on! I update weekly but they are still young now so you can check
in a few months if you really want to see how they turned out as adults.
For some reason, my signature just links to the album and there's no text, so here's the link!
Now, the chicks are doing wonderful! Well at least the two that survived. Originally, I had 4 - two from Hale lines and two from Rees lines.. Two did not survive and it was not
any wrongdoing on my part. I posted a comment describing my experience.. but mods didn't approve of it, I guess and banned me for three days. I was professional the whole time but this is their forum so I don't know and I'm not going to bother with worrying about it anymore. To sum it up in a way that I hopefully won't be reprimanded for again.. I bought chicks, they died, and I was not refunded. Basically, just a bad experience so please be wary with dealing with SHR. One chick was driven two hours in a car to me and died right when I got home. I will not elaborate more 'cause I don't want to get in trouble lol. If you do order from them, my advice is to order once. I broke it up into two shipments, with one shipment driven to me. Of the two shipments, 2 were DOA, and three died a few days after. Of the shipment that was driven to me, both ended up dying. For the second shipment, they did give me a chick to refund for the one that died on arrival from the first. The rest I was not refunded with. The chicks I do have are beautiful though and I love them very much. They seem healthy.. but all the deaths have been really random as I have a brooder thermometer that reads 95 degrees at all times, they were eating/playing/pooping, I give them Save-A-Chic filtered water, they have dry starter and fermented starter, pine bedding that is cleaned weekly, and their brooder is in my room (they are the first batch ever!). My other feed store chicks, all grew up healthy and strong! I never had a lost! They are all outside in their coop but definitely it did not come from them as the other chicks I have in the brooder right now are vivacious little one's!
Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm
They're so sweet! (I love baby pictures!) Khaleesi already has a little crest showing! Regarding coloring - I'm not entirely sure you can tell this young - mine are still continuing to evolve and pop up coloring in areas at 23-24 weeks. But you will adore them and it won't matter.
They fly really well into adulthood. Whatever your outdoor plans are for them, keep this in mind. I didn't realize this fully and have had to adjust my plans for confinement when letting them have roaming time. Have had to get on the ladder and pull them out of the oak tree quite a few times...
Maybe Khaleesi just can't pronounce her name...
(JK - cute name. The Naked Necks who have been reluctantly named are Tank, Puppy, Sweetie, and Mr. Green Jeans. Not quite as creative...)
- Ant Farm
Thank you!! I know they're going to go through a molt and I still can't be sure what her chest color is but what I see right now just excites me since I thought she'd have a reddish tint everywhere! Still, it's not set in stone so I hope she doesn't! Oh man.. I am worried now. I have 6 foot cement walls surrounding my yard but I have low hanging trees that lead up to the walls. I'm so afraid one is going to escape.. Are chickens usually comfortable in their surroundings, making them stay in the yard?!
Khaleesi wanted me to give you this:
Haha, I'm just kidding!!
Yeah, I was going for a weird name! She just had this funky little crest so from the moment I saw her, I wanted a verrrry unique name.
Perhaps it was too unique! >< But it's supposed to be Ka-lee-see !
If you've seen Game of Thrones, Khaleesi is what everyone calls the wife of the warlord.
There's a gorgeous character on there (Daenerys) that's the Khaleesi and she's badass!
Originally Posted by terrip824
Love the name Kahleesi :) I've had chickens named Cersei & Jaime. And Cersei lived up to her name sake. My current group were named by my kids. it was fun explaining to my daughter that she could not name a chicken "Reese's Peanut Buttercup" lol. So she settled for 2 names. Peanut and Buttercup.
I love Cersei and Jaime!! I'm thinking about going with the GoT theme for the rest of my new one's that are coming next week! Awww, your daughter just sounds so adorable!
Is the same chicken named Peanut and Buttercup or two separate ones?
Originally Posted by caychris
I would measure the chicks in grams so I could get a better calc the percentage of gain.
Thanks for the tip! I'll go tinker around with the scale!
Also, I checked how much it is to get a necropsy from UC Davis and it's $120 not including shipping/packing materials!
That's a bit too expensive for me right now, as I am only a college student ):
Do you know any affordable places in CA or maybe how to package to send deceased chicken bodies out of state?