Originally Posted by KlopKlop
well you did make my heart skip a beat the first time you said that about the welsummers haha i had no idea what SS chicks looked like and was suprised by the chipmunk stripes. I'm not that concerned now :) there is supposed to be 2 boys in there, so it very well could be the bold one. whatever they are, i love them and they will be a welcomed addition the the farm
You know I am just having fun. Let me know if I cross a line ;)
Chickens go through 7 molts before reaching their adult plumage. The chicks you see now, and that coloring will change at least a couple of times before they get their true color, and even then, you won't see their mature color until after they molt their first time as adults. That is one reason some breeders won't use birds for breeding until after their first molt to make sure they are good on color.
Speaking of molt, I actually have some birds who are right now.
I started tomatoes over the weekend and they are starting to pop out of the 'dirt' today. I have to get those peppers going since they take longer. I should have done peppers first. I put the eggplant and artichokes in too, so not quite as many tomatoes as you Klop, just 60 or so. Of course, I put more than one seed in each pod, and sometimes I split them up since I can't just toss away a perfectly good plant! I am sure I will have a couple of extra trays of them come planting time and this year I may just sell those. I don't remember how many varieties I put in, maybe 15. I really want to can salsa this year, so I have plenty of those varieties that are good for that, mainly 'Fresh Salsa' from Burpee, but most of the others are heirloom from Seed Savers or a coupe of others seed sources.
I shipped my first batch of hatching eggs on Tuesday to Indiana. They arrived in excellent condition. I was worried I might have overpacked the box with bubble wrap, but the guy who got them said they were perfect. I am always nervous about shipping them.