My baby chicks aren’t babies anymore…that makes me happy and sad. I don’t need to check them hourly…I don’t need to worry about them as much. They don’t need special feed and they have even been integrated with the old hens. That’s all good news. Sad news…we lost one chick…and I am afraid we are going to loose another. See this gal.
Notice the foot on the chick in the upper left. It’s all gnarled. Both of her feet are deformed and don’t work right. She gets along quite well despite the deformity and amazingly the other hens don’t single her out and pick on her. I just don’t know if things will stay that way. I am watching her diligently to make sure the other chickens don’t start picking on her. I just wish there was more we could do, but there is not. I hate to loose her, she’s my future green egg layer and that breed really lays lots of eggs.
I ordered my chicks through McMurray Hatchery. Whenever anyone orders from there, they send a free chick with the order. I got a mixed batch of chicks…a couple of this breed and a couple of that breed. I was suspicious from the start that a little white chick was the free chick. It’s so hard to know though because chicks often start out as one color and turn a completely different color. See…that little white chick has become this….(the real ugly one with feathers not all developed and black/brown wings)