Developing Dutch Eggs

The Dutch eggs got candled today (three of the twenty), and all three had chicks developing well.  I have another nine eggs in a new incubator with a turner (too soon to candle), and if all of them hatch, there will be twenty-nine Dutch chicks.  And a hen just decided to go broody, and is sitting on another 10+ eggs.  Luckily I have a plan for all the chicks, and none of them will be unwanted if they hatch (even the roosters).   The Dutch chicks Millie hatched are almost fully-feathered.  The little Cream is almost certainly a rooster (his name is Milford), and I think the Blue Cream’s a hen (her name’s Dutchy). 


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Hopefully more cute and healthy Dutch chicks!


 

Hatching Dutch Bantam Eggs

Trying to hatch twenty Dutch Bantam eggs in a borrowed incubator.  I hope they hatch.  They’ll be either Blue Cream Light Brown or Cream Light Brown.  About six of the eggs might be too old, though, and I’m really not sure if they need to be turned.  In ten years of keeping chickens, I have never incubated eggs.  A hen hatched a Blue Cream Light Brown and a Cream Light Brown chick, and I hope to hatch more.  The Dutch Bantam breed is kind of rare, and I want to have more than four–just in case something happens to them.

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Incubator with twenty Dutch eggs.


They’re all this rooster’s chicks (he’s not looking his best in this picture–and he’s young so he doesn’t have much tail),

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Tick-Tock wing flap, showing his near-perfect wing coloring.

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Beautiful pure-white earlobes (with some scratches, unfortunately)

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Beautiful eyes, face, and well-proportioned comb.


Show record: Two blue danishes in two poultry shows.



and the eggs were laid by these hens:

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Duchess’s face (with some food on beak)


Duchess (she’s Blue Cream Light Brown and she doesn’t have that much brown in her feathers right now)


Show record: Champion Single-Comb Bantam, third Overall Bantam out of 32 entries, and two blue danishes in two shows.


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and Clover


Show record: blue danish in one show, and received “+ +” on her cage tag–one of two birds in the show to receive that.  She wasn’t washed very much, or she might have done better.


and another hen that looks just like her, Beaky (in bad lighting),

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who looks just like Clover:

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Show record: Blue danish, and “+ +” on cage tag in one show.  Overall Grand Champion in showmanship.


 Millie and her chicks today (they’re much bigger):

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The one on the left is probably a Blue Cream, and the one on the right is most likely a Cream.

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Blue Cream chick (Duchess’s chick)

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Cream chick (probably Beaky’s chick!) 


Millie Hatches Dutch Bantam Chicks

Millie, an eight-year-old Belgian Bearded D’Uccle hen, just hatched two little Dutch Bantam chicks.  They’re probably Cream Light Brown, but one might be a Blue Cream Light Brown.  Millie hatched a duckling a few years ago, and she was really happy to have hatched a chick this time.  The picture is blurry because the chicks were moving around a lot. Hopefully they’re not both roosters.

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Dutch Banty chicks are really cute.  They have brown stripes, and look like they could probably blend in in the wild like a wild bird chick.


 

Goodbye Flinty

Flinty died today.  She was seven years old,which is fairly old for a chicken.  She was hatched in March 2009, and was raised with five other chicks, and was one of the last two from that batch left alive.  Now the last one left is Egypt, who is also seven years old.  She was never sick once in her whole life.  Goodbye, sweet Flinty.

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Flinty in some time around fall 2012 preening with her friends.

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Fall 2012.

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Flinty in 2013 when she went broody.  She was extremely good at hiding nests.  One was under clumps of grass in the woods where she had kind of woven the grass into a protective canopy.  Another was at the bottom of a large brush pile.

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Flinty out for a walk with two other chicks from her batch some time in 2013.  Left to right: Flinty, Big Thing, and Egypt.

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Flinty stretching her wing some time in 2012.

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Flinty drinking out of a sled that had filled with rain water in 2014.

Flinty sitting on her nest in 2013.

Flinty on the banner for the original chicken website.

Flinty in 2013.

Flinty in some time around 2011.

Owly Grows Up

Owly is a Welsummer hen who was hatched in 2013.

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Owly with Dragon at six days old.

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Owly with Dragon at about two weeks old.

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Owly with her friend Snowball.

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Owly in the fall of 2013, when she began to grow giant spurs (which is highly unusual for a hen).

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Owly with the flock in 2015, at 2.5 years old.  She is now 3.25 years old.