They are now in a box with heat, food, and water.
One thing I read somewhere, online I’m sure, is a way to sex baby chickens a day or two after birth. According to the instructions you hold the chick just above the wings with its feet dangling:
1. if the baby chicken is moving about and pulls legs up it is likely a rooster
2.if the baby chicken remains calm and hold its legs down it is likely a pullet/hen.
I don’t know if this is true or not but a man at the small animal auction told me he had a success rate of 95% of sexing chickens using this method. If this is so then I have a pullet and a cockerel.
Now I’m cleaning up the incubator for the next set of eggs I have waiting. I still have some Buff Orpington eggs that I picked up before the rooster died. I realize the longer you wait to incubate the less the success rate but I’m going to give it a try anyway and see if I can get more Buff Orpingtons. I will also be trying to hatch some Black Australorp eggs. Samson and Delilah are so beautiful I can imagine what their little babies will look like.
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