Littlest Cupcake

By redrodeo, Jul 20, 2015 | Updated: Oct 16, 2015 | | |
  1. redrodeo
    This little cutie is Cupcake. Not sure if its a boy or a girl but I think Cupcake is a he. He is just as sweet as a cupcake hence his name. He is a Black Sumatra, and is only a week old.
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    Cupcake had a really Rough start. Well he was still in the incubator the hydro went out for a bit so we lit candles to help keep the tempter in the Incubator up. Later the next day when the hydro finally came back he tried to hatch. After another 24 hours though the egg membrane. Was all dried out and he hadn't made any progress. I taped on the egg gently and not a sound from him, and no movement either. So I decided it was time to assist him. This was my first time hatching eggs ever and this was the third assisted hatching I had to do.

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    With this being my third assisted hatch :( I knew what to do, and what to expect but what I was expecting, and what happened I was not prepared for. Cupcake was still extremely weak after words and so. I took a warm damp cloth and wrapped him up in it, and set him in the incubator. I stayed up with him for 2 very long endless night. We didn't think he was going to make it but I stayed up with him none the less.

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    The next few days after that he was up and moving and doing better, there was improvement in him. And he was doing much better. He was still to weak to be in with his siblings yet. So I kept him in a small cage at my side for another 24hs until I was sure he was strong enough. Then he went out to the brooding house with his two older siblings and the other chicks. As you can see he is the runt. (black fluffy one on the bottom laying down funny)

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    Since then Cupcake has come a very long way. He is much stronger and despite his small size he is still the one in charge. Here he is with his older Sister Harlequin. She is a regular Sized Sumatra chick. I am very happy to say he has improved and he is always in my lap when ever I am in the brooder coop. Its all I can do to get there photos of him with out him running over to see me.

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    (Above Left - Harlequin, Right - Cupcake)

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    (Above Left - Harlequin, Right - Cupcake)

    I love this little chicken. He is going to turn out to be quit the handsome little man.​


    UPDATE - August 15th 2015

    Cupcake has come a long way from the cuddly cutie he was when he hatched. He is turning into quite the handsome little guy, however his cuddliness seems to be a thing of the past. I was away from the farm for a few weeks and he hasn't been handled in all that time so he is a very shy bird now. However he is back to getting handled daily and is slowly coming around. Just like his two older, taller, stronger siblings he is feathering out although his feathers are nice looking as his siblings, or coming in as quickly.

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    (Above: Left - Harlequin, Right - Cupcake)

    Cupcake and the others have been exploring the great out doors. Unlike his siblings though who have no problem wondering off on their own far from the other birds, Cupcake loves to stay close to the other birds but out from under their feet. He may not be at the bottom of the pecking order but he is still the smallest bird and doesn't like the other birds getting to close to him. Him along with the others have been moved to a covered run as they are beginning to test out their wings. I am very glad to see Cupcake coming along so well after having such a hard start to life, this little bird just doesn't know when to give up.

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    (Above: Left - Cupcake, Right - Harlequin)

    UPDATE - October, 16, 2015

    Cupcake has grown into a lovely hen. She is use to being handled, and has some beautiful colouring. I call her a Blue Splash as she is blue colouring with some black patches. She is shy until she gets to know you. She is still smaller then the others but not by much. She has caught the eye of my rooster and the pair of them always stick together. She's always right by his side. I can't wait for her to start laying. She will have some very lovely coloured babies I am sure.

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  1. redrodeo
    Yes I am very lucky she survived. She is the sweetest little bird. She is definitely smaller then her siblings. They live in a covered run that several people told me looks a bit like an aviary. She is hand tamed, but still timid compaired to her sister.
  2. Barredrock360
    your really lucky that dude survived. The chicken breed Sumatra is one of the if not best flying breeds of chicken. I'd keep that guy contained so he doesn't fly away.

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