New to Chickens

NWHeather

Chirping
Feb 7, 2020
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eastern WA, near the Idaho border
So I thought I was shorted on the Ameraucana's, I paid for 4, but when I got home, with the list and descriptions of each, only 2 fit the description they gave. I went back to get a couple more, because I wanted a few of them, and it turns out the two I have are just really light.
I still came home with a couple more Ameraucana's and Blue Australorp, and I added a couple Black Sexlink.

I was told they have a 80% guarantee on sexing, so I expect at least a couple will be roosters, which I'm ok with, because I do want a rooster.

Here are some of the babies I brought home the 2nd trip. LOL

Is the coloring that much different on Ameraucana's as hatchlings? Is it possible the two really light ones are roosters?
 

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NWHeather

Chirping
Feb 7, 2020
44
187
56
eastern WA, near the Idaho border
😭😭 I want tiny chicks again!!
And it's almost chick days at TSC 😂😂
Must resist....
I have a few more that I will be picking up on a week. They are ordering their chicks in batches, and some of the breeds I wanted weren't offered in the first batch.
I will pick up a couple Mottled Javas, Blue Langshans and Black Langshans on Saturday. I will keep those separate of course until they grow a bit, and I'll integrate them into the other babies.

On a sad note, I lost a couple babies over the past few days. I think many of them are getting enough feathers on them that they don't want the heat from the brooder plate, so most of them are sleeping in a group in another area of the box, and two appear to have been squished :( One happened a couple days ago, and the other one today.
I've been told it is not uncommon.
I couldn't tell which breed they were, because a few of the breeds look so much alike when they're babies.

They'll be moving into a bigger area in the next week or so. I picked up a huge cardboard fridge box, that I will be setting up in my camper trailer.
I will be working on the chicken coop and enclosed run over the next couple weeks, so it's ready when the babies are ready to move outside.
I figured out a way to keep the shavings out of the water reservoir. I elevated the water bin on a rectangular box that sits a couple inches up, and another one sitting next to it. Many are tall enough to get water without stepping onto the other little box.
I'm considering a different way to provide water for them as well, for the coop.
 
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