This first hatch batch of 2017 was in preparation for the Spring Poultry Homesteading Faire.
In the past, many people at the Faire have shown interest in Marans. Currently, we do not have a Marans rooster. So, instead I focused on Olive Eggers. I also hatched White Leghorns and Delaware chicks.
Love this! Farm Girl asked if instead of reading to me she could read to the eggs. “Yes! Yes, of course you can!”
THE EGGS IN LOCKDOWN
I banded the Delaware’s to identify them from the White Leghorns. A word of caution if you use bands: watch them carefully and remove them before they get too tight on the chicken.
Many of our Olive Eggers hatch looking quite similar to our Black Copper Marans – makes sense since many are crossed with Marans hens.
The egg tooth is easy to see on this dark friend.
I adore this fluffy little fella. He/she even has feathered shanks. Most of our chicks that have feathered shanks are black, so this one is unique.
This hatch many chicks do not have feathered shanks.
But, some do.
Another successful hatch of cutie patooties.