Man, they sure do grow fast. My first batch is getting feathers and putting on noticeable weight to hold them. Of course, they are curious as well at this young age, pecking at whatever I put in the brooder, whether it be a dish or new bedding, or my fingers. They have to check out everything. I love seeing how nice a broad their heads are too even as chicks. I hate skinny headed Buckeyes.
My second hatch is on its way out. They are due tomorrow, but some just couldn't wait to get out in the big world and began hatching late last night. I am not monkeying with temps on the incubator either, every time I do it just makes a mess of everything. The fan problem didn't seem to take a big toll on things, thank goodness. Of course, the best fertility is on my two main breeds, the Bucks and New Hampshires, and those are the majority of what I have been setting. I should have around 100 Buckeye chicks out by this next hatch coming up (#3), and that will be good for coming out of that cock. I have two more I will use this season, then make my comparisons for selection this summer and fall. With the warmer weather, I am getting very excited to see these kids out on the pasture on green grass and watch them growing up.