SnootyHen

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Apr 18, 2020
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Looks kind of like a turkey egg. LOL

Your Welsummer doesn't look like she's ready. (but my Welsummer does have lots of speckles - but on a darker egg)

Your Barnevelder or Marans will likely lay dark speckled eggs. Perhaps the hen just had an odd egg since she's starting out.

I have a couple orpingtons that lay speckled eggs. Usually from the same hen.
My guess is one of the wyandottes
My GLW sometimes gives an egg like that.
So I guess the top options are one of the Wyandottes or my Marans had an off day? She did not lay today (unless that was hers) but all 4 of hers so far have been much darker than this one. It just might kill me waiting for another one to try and catch someone in the box. I knew for sure with the other 2 who was laying because they made it super obvious. This little chicken is making me do the work.
 

Faraday40

Free Ranging
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So I guess the top options are one of the Wyandottes or my Marans had an off day? She did not lay today (unless that was hers) but all 4 of hers so far have been much darker than this one. It just might kill me waiting for another one to try and catch someone in the box. I knew for sure with the other 2 who was laying because they made it super obvious. This little chicken is making me do the work.
Probably a Wyandotte
..... unless you had a random turkey hen visit your yard. :lau
 

Faraday40

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Now my main question is should I raise these chicks then integrate or give to momma right away? Momma is already up and about with the other chicks. The other chicks are a week old already.
If you want to try to integrate, it's best to do sooner than later. Also helps to add new chick at night when mama is sitting in one place. Less likely to peck if they spend the night together. I often do this in a storage tub in the house, so I can hear if there are any problems. (Mama may peck at baby as an intruder. Some hens will adopt easily, others will only adopt chicks placed under them at time of hatch. Attack all other chicks.)

If grafting doesn't work, then you'll have to raise chick yourself.
 
Jan 6, 2020
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2 of 4 incubated chicks hatched. DW and DD got to watch whole thing.
One of these might be a Black Australorp/ Gold Lace Wyandotte mix. Found a picture and really hope I have one now.

Watching the broody hen was kind of a relief. I was always so stressed about everything being perfect. Watching momma hen reminded me chickens have been laying eggs and raising chicks long before we decided to incubate them. And these little things are still fragile but much more durable than I give them credit for. Dont worry, I will still strive for perfection in raising chicks, just not stress about it.
 

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