I have been so busy lately increasing my flock, mainly my Dark Brahma flock. I have hatched one egg, bought seven baby chickens, and purchased a show-potential hen. Now I’m wishing I bought a show quality rooster too.
I love the Brahma breed of chickens. They have the best disposition and are very easy to handle. Their stature is very large at full growth, which is not for two years, but they are easily handled due to their slow moving and friendliness.
My Light Brahmas are growing like crazy and will be four months old this month. And thanks to my husband, they now have their own pen.
I now have one little Buff Brahma that I hatched in the incubator. I had purchased 12 eggs but unfortunately the AC went out for nine days during the incubation period and caused the majority of the eggs not to develop. During that same hatch I got two Buff Orpingtons from some of my own stock of eggs.
The Dark Brahmas is where most of my increase has come this summer. As stated in the earlier paragraph I purchased a show-potential hen.
She’s not the prettiest thing (in my opinion) but right now she is molting. I want her for a APA show in January and then the fair in April. So I will be working with her to get her all prettied up by then, I hope. This show stuff is all new to me but I thought I would try and get a blue ribbon. Who doesn’t want to buy eggs from a blue ribbon winning stock?
All summer I have searching high and low for Dark Brahma hatching eggs. Finally my hens started laying some so I was able to hatch one.
It also went through the nine-day no AC period so the baby chick was a little premature. Notice the little fuzz on the legs where there should be more feathers showing on a newborn. Only one chick hatched (this was the hatch that I used the electric skillet for the last three days) and she was so lonely I used a beanie baby Blue Jay to keep her company.
Unfortunately the little chick didn’t make it. It died after five days.
During the incubation time of that chick my husband ran across someone who had purchased hatching eggs from a breeder and had seven baby chicks. They are six weeks old. I immediately drove and picked them up. In the brahma breed it is easy to sex a chick, especially at six weeks old, due to their feathering. The males will have a dark chest or starting to show feathers of that type. So I picked up five pullets and two cockerels.
I was thrilled to get these! They are so cute and love being handled.
So now I have my Dark’s on their way and Lights are at four months so I am starting to think about Buff Brahmas. I purchased some hatching eggs from a breeder in Polk City, FL, so in a few weeks we will see if my incubation skills can bring me a good hatch rate! I hope so because all of them I have tried of late have failed due to my skills and other things that are out of my control.