There’s good news and there’s bad news when it comes to the newest additions to our family.
The 10 chicks that were Tony’s last hurrah with one of our Sussex hens? They are all doing great! We had mama hen with them for some time in our basement and then moved her out.
The babies managed fine on their own as we knew they would and are healthy and thriving.
That’s the good news. The bad news? Monday night I went down to try to get a head count. They are mixed breed, obviously, but from what I am looking at? 6-7 roosters and only 3-4 hens. Damn!
We don’t know for sure but here Marc is holding one that has an obvious comb and one not so much. Both boys and girls get the comb, but the boys have bigger and more pronounced ones.
We won’t be keeping any of the roosters but we’ll wait to see who crows before we send them off.
But anyway, they are all getting big. And smelly.
So tonight we moved them out of the basement and into the coop. We have them in 2 wire cages to let the older hens get used to them and hopefully they won’t pick on them – or peck any of them to death like they did earlier this year to the other new babies we introduced.
So that’s the big excitement of tonight – I know – I live a very wild life, don’t I?