Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Chicks aren't so cute anymore!

The baby chicks that hatched during the summer are getting so big! After getting 7 chicks over the course of 30 days, we had to break the setting hen's broodiness because she was getting so skinny!

5 of the 7 have inherited the poofy crest of their father, "Puff-Daddy" (shown above.)

The 4 yellow and spotted baby chicks eventually turned black. The only difference is that they have lighter, mustardy-green eyes.

I think that at least 2 are roos, but we learned the last time that we should wait and see. With last year's chicks, some of the pullets we were convinced were roos turned out to be hens after all.

For those of you who aren't up to speed on chickens, the only way to tell their sex is to look inside their vent, which even Mike Rowe has declared a "Dirty Job." There are entire books written about the art of sexing chickens, but I think I'll stick to waiting patiently for a crow or two.

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