Originally Posted by Nanna34
My black Australorps started hatching this morning, those eyes get me every time
Cheering on the hatch of another egg
Finally out look at that big boy
resting a bit and staring at me with those big eyes
OH MY GOSH!! How cuuuute! I wish I could hatch my own eggs but I can't justify spending $200 on something I'd only use once or twice. I think I'm just going to wait for one of my girls to go broody and sneak an egg or two under her. Congrats on your hatch!!
Originally Posted by katatonic123
I know! Would love to have a whole flock of her. Sadly, she and PJ will be the only ones of that pairing. Olaf, their father, died protecting his flock when coyotes attacked.
I wouldn't mind having a whole flock of her either! Oh no.. I am so sorry about Olaf. What a great roo, died a hero. Something about hearing roosters sacrifice their own life
in the name of their flock/love breaks my heart but makes me smile. Such sweet and selfless creatures.. I don't know many male animals that instead of immediately eating what they've found, would call over their girls then eat whatever's left after all the good stuff is gone.
Originally Posted by Black Choctaw
My first live baby chick, raised in a blue car hatchery!
Aww! Even from far away he/she looks like a fluffball. Momma looks so proud! Congrats!
Originally Posted by allosaurusrock
Those are super cute!!! I'm personally going to get a black sex link, but I'm also going to get at least one or two more, one of those will be picked by my friend. She lives in the city, in an apartment, but loves birds so I'm going to raise a chicken for her. I'll be sure to upload some pictures when I get them.
Why thank you! I love them dearly! My three Black Sex Links are the SWEETEST chickens I have - even sweeter than me Easter Egger's, Australorp, Wyandotte, Araucana, Cuckoo Marans, and Silkies. I'm not kidding! They come when called and routinely jump up on me to nap. Sometimes it's a bit much as I'm bent over, pulling weeds and they all try to jump on my back! They love to be held and follow me around the yard. They are seriously like little black Labradors! I would not trade them for the world! Those three and my Barred Plymouth Rock turned out to be the sweetest. My only complaint is the Black Sex Links can be a little feisty when it comes to other birds and sometimes will actively chase my other girls to peck on them. It's gotten much better now though so it's something that can be fixed - at least in my case.
Originally Posted by Lucinda G
1 day old bantam cochins
I want Cochins so, so bad! Nowhere near me has them though! They are all so adorable and I love the variety of colors you have! Mama is also gorgeous!
Originally Posted by Black Choctaw
What cute baby chicks!! Just waiting on my girls to have some more. 3 broody hens sitting on about a dozen eggs.
I'm sure you were talking to all of us, but thanks! I'm so excited for you!! What breeds are they incubating?! Good luck and please come back to post pictures!
More pictures of my sweet little babes. I'm a tad.. okay, okay - tremendously obsessed with these three. Secret Hills Ranch, poultry operator (lol) Kaylee, told me that she was going to send my second batch that I ordered after these one's (I was just so happy with them) on Wednesday. Well, I noticed my birthday is this Tuesday (yay, 23!) so I asked her if she could send my Splash Isbar, Blue Copper Marans, and 2 Curits Hale Cream Legbars (one she's giving to me as a packing peanut) this Monday so I could get them on my birthday. She said she'll try.. but I hope they come on time because I don't know what would be a better gift than getting baby chicks!
Here's a few more pictures of my three little stooges. They're too young to take outside right now so I apologize if all pictures are similar since they are in their brooder.
^ Left to right: Esmé, Iris, and Eden.
^ They have grit because I've been taming them by feeding them 1/4 inch tiny baby crickets with tweezers.
I've only had them since Wednesday, but they run towards my hands now! I also attribute placing their brooder in my room to that.
^ Esmé is the sleepiest one out of the bunch. She/he is CONSTANTLY knocked the heck out and usually is the one that has me laughing from all the impossibly "comfortable" positions she finds herself in. The orange water is Save-A-Chic Electrolytes and some shavings that found their way in. I like to supplement them with it for the first week that they're home just in case. I'll probably keep all chicks that were mailed to me on it for 2 weeks as the process of coming here was definitely harsh on their little bodies.
^ It finally occurred to me to raise their food and water bowls. Today is also the first day that I've introduced them to fermented starter feed mixed with Chickie Puffs (musca domestica, wheat, corn, alfalfa, etc.). So far.. no good. They all won't touch it. I hope tomorrow is better since they'd be hungry by then! All my other girls are in love with their fermented grower feed!
^ Oh my gosh, Esmé's face is like "Ma.. really? You're so annoying.. Can a chick get some sleep around here?!"
^ Everyone awake! As always, Esmé is unimpressed, Iris in the back is always doing her own thing, and Eden in the middle could care less!