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duknuk April 13th, 2006 6:36pm

duknuk’s chicks
It is the Season Of Peeps here.

First, a big THANK YOU to Mynxdog for sending me fertile eggs from her Sex-Link hens and a Blue Silkie Rooster she rescued from the Lower 9th Ward after Katrina. She found Rudy swimming for his life, brought him home, cleaned him off and gave him his own harem. Rudy thinks she’s God.

Sex-Link hens + Silkie rooster = Sexie chicks

So, from me and my peeples, here are our photos.

THE HATCH began at 12:30 AM Thursday.

It was a race between two good eggs, “goldie chick” and “blue chick”. Goldie chick hatched first, methodically breaking off bits of her shell until she had snipped off the wide end. With a few mighty, but exhausting stretches, she pushed the 2 pieces apart, rolled out and proceeded to push herself all over the incubator; causing (egg) heads to roll in all directions.

Well, hello there!

duknuk April 13th, 2006 6:36pm

1 AM, a small 4-toed Blue Silkie broke free.

After 2 hours, I lifted the cover to get a good look and goldie chick raced over to me and tried to climb onto my face. I think she’s imprinted on me. :love: If I put my hand in there, palm down, she runs to hide under it.

This morning, after giving them a sip of water, I placed the 2 chicks in the brooder, where they promptly fell asleep under the warming light, occasionally to arise cheeping loudly, until the next bout of total exhaustion kicked in … about 30 seconds later.

7:30 AM – the 3rd chick has escaped her shell.

"Are you looking at me?"

You can see the 5 toes of a true silkie.

duknuk April 13th, 2006 6:37pm

8:30 AM – 2 very black silkies, with black skin and 5 toes just hatched.

It’s 1:30 PM, where has the time flown. There are now 7 chicks in the brooder tub and 6 still drying off in the incubator. I didn't know it at the time but the brown chick in the upper left corner is Russell. Such a good boy.

duknuk April 13th, 2006 6:37pm

3:30 PM – 16 chicks in brooder.

You can see the beautiful mahogany Rooster we kept, RUSSELL, on the left

RUSSELL has his head high watching over everyone.

There are about 6 more eggs yet to hatch ...


Light474 April 13th, 2006 6:40pm

Awwwwww. They are so cute! :love:

KISSaholic4life April 13th, 2006 6:41pm

How long before ya have the BBQ fired up?


SeaAngel April 13th, 2006 6:42pm

:welcome: Welcome little ones! You couldn't have picked a better mom!

Congratulations duknuk! They are soooo adorable! Thank you so very much for sharing. :hugs:

terrismiles April 13th, 2006 6:44pm

Awwwwww! They are so fluffy and cute!!!!! Thank you for posting the pics!!! It really brightened my day! :) :) :)

kbsocial April 13th, 2006 6:44pm

Awwwwwww Rev is gonna flip when she gets to see all the purty chickies! Thanks for sharing they are soooooooo cute!!!! I wanna come over and watch them play and hatch!!

littlelulu April 13th, 2006 6:44pm

This is the best post EVER! Thanks Nuk. I'm ignoring the stuff about BBQ, KISS

strwbrywn20 April 13th, 2006 6:46pm

Now if those are not some of the cutest little things in the world I don't know what is!!!!

MrsM April 13th, 2006 6:46pm

Aw they are sooooooooo adorable!! I love them!! Thanks for sharing. :gvibes:

ironbutterfly April 13th, 2006 6:48pm

Beautiful, I feel all warm and fuzzy, thanks so much for sharing :gvibes:

viokasegirl April 13th, 2006 6:50pm

They're so cute! And to answer Kiss, they'll be frying size at six to eight weeks old. But they have more flavor if you wait till they're over three months. We always had stewed laying hen, because we sold the nice tender chickens....that is the bad part about living on a farm, you know your food was cute and friendly :cry2:

jcaplus2 April 13th, 2006 6:51pm

They are sooooo cute! My kids are positively thrilled with these photos. Thank you so much for posting this duknuk! :gvibes: :hugs:

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