We have chicks, people! The first bundles of cuteness arrived early yesterday morning and there is a long train of them. I could never get over how cute chicks are. So small. So soft. So many colours. The Little Fulla is loving them too. So far, we have 13:
- 5 Lorelai-Mr Bingley jnrs
- 3 Sookie-Mr Bingley jnrs
- 5 Waikato purebred Australorps
There are three eggs that haven’t hatched yet and I’m starting to wonder if they will as Frodo is not always sitting tight on them: 1 more Waikato Australorp and the two posted Northland Australorps. This is the biggest brood I’ve set to hatch and I can see that it’s tricky for Frodo to juggle a bunch of needy chicks while still keeping the remaining eggs warm. I have been helping as much as I can and Frodo stopped pecking me pretty soon after she realised I was helping; making sure they’re all ok and warm and helping to show the older ones how to eat chick crumbs.
The colour business is most fascinating. I thought that both the Sookie and Lorelai chicks would be black or blue laced, but the three Sookie chicks are gingery/brown patterned. They are very cute and easy to tell apart! This just goes to show the unknown genetic influences of Mr Bingley’s father. I will delve more into that later because I am most curious about it. I can’t photograph all the chicks at the moment since I don’t want to disturb the incubating of the last few eggs, but the other chicks are a combination of black, blue and I think one splash Australorp. This is going to be a long journey of colour exploration!