Friday, June 5, 2009

Ollie's Firstborn

While we're waiting for Daisy's babies to hatch, here's a video of Ollie and her first chick. Her mama was obviously a barred rock and you can see the telltale spot on top of its head. Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'? Girl! I put some feed in the corners of the nest box to make sure the little cutie got some food in her belly.

Ollie's got another baby under her too that hatched this morning. It's a reddish color with some black markings on the wing feathers. Mama must have been one of those Golden Comets that's a cross between a leghorn and a New Hampshire, or whatever cross they use to make those red layer hybrids that are all the rage. The fourth egg doesn't show any signs of hatching yet. I'll give it another day.

If this chick is indeed a girl like I think it is, we're definitely keeping her.


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7 comments:

  1. That is so cool to get a video of her little chick. What's the white spot mean? a girl? If so, I've never heard that.

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  2. darn. I couldn't get the video to play. It said 'currently unavailable'. How exciting to see the little chicks, though. She sounds like a good mama. How long do hens care for their chicks?

    ~Lisa

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  3. Here's some info on sexing chicks with the barred allele in their genes: http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=136346 This applies to breeds such as Marans and Dominiques as well. Joanna, if you read this feel free to add your expertise on the subject!

    Mama hens will care for their babies as long as their instincts tell them to. I've heard that about a month is average.

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  4. How are you getting anything (else) done?!?!?

    Congratulations!

    Lucy

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  5. Awwww, what sweet little mama sounds Ollie is making to her chicks. Congratulations!

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  6. Oh that's wonderful Amy! Ollie looks so mommy-ish! I love it!

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  7. That is just adorable! Loved the video!

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