The Evolution of Atlas: A Breeding (and Chat) Thread

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by speckledhen, May 8, 2014.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member


    Hey, you are in Virginia! That isn't the south! LOL. Not far south enough, anyway. You still have some winters there, for sure.

    Gender is still up in the air. It is warmer, but too windy for the chicks to go out on damp ground today, but I did manage a few pictures of them with the doors open so I got more natural lighting. There's definitely one with lighter down color (and a big head, too) that indicates a cockerel and maybe one other that looks like a male, but this line is really hard to judge by the usual BR sexing standards. Here they are and you guys can guess for yourselves!

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    You can see the big one at the back of the group. Tiny bright white spot, but you can see that "frosting" on the back of the head.
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  2. Oh my goodness, I am experiencing chick cuteness overload!! Those pics with the chicks climbing on Rachel are precious.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She sure pleasantly surprised me, being such a great mom. She is so happy, too. You can see it in her eyes. I just wish they could go outside. It's freezing and damp and windy so it may be another week before their feet touch actual soil. I put a pan with dirt in her pen so they could peck and even dustbathe, though it's not large enough for Rachel herself.
     
  4. getaclue

    getaclue Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Awwwww, so cute!
     
  5. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    RIP my sweet little Heidi... I cried a little with this loss.

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  6. speckledhen

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    I'm so sorry! What happened to your little Heidi?
     
  7. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    She never got much for feathers and she accidently spent the night outside. Not long after I found her she died in the coop with all her friends. Our cat is super sad.[​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Aw, sounds like she wasn't a very strong bird to begin with. As for accidentally leaving one outside, we've done it a couple of times over the years, mainly with the blues, who look like shadows if you don't see their combs/wattles. Again, very sorry.
     
  9. holm25

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    Thanks!!
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hope Deacon is okay. He's so mellow, it's weird. He let me hug him and didn't even flinch. Drusilla is picking at Atlas's comb and making the same raw spot on the side that she had on Rex's. She is all over him, that hussy. I think she is trying to make her new man match her old one in some way. Good grief. All the BRs like him over there so he's in like Flynn.

    Rowena is picked on some, though, but that makes her love to be held much more than she did before the big move. I don't think Atlas likes Serena, the Dellie-lookalike hen who is his cousin, Isaac's daughter with Rita. She sure doesn't like him. Since she and Rita, who is 5 years old soon, are not needed in there, I may move them both in with Deacon. Deke's black hens were over there so they know Rita and Serena well and Deacon is much lighter bodied and less insistent on mating than Atlas, therefore, easier on poor old Rita.

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