Meet Sparkles! (Blue Cream Light Brown Hen)

Sparkles is one of last year’s hatch of twelve chicks.  For some reason the eggs had an extremely low hatch rate last year, and a very high hatch rate this year.  She was hatched in an incubator, and raised in a brooder with four other incubator-hatched chicks.  Out of that hatch, there were two cockerels and three pullets.

She was the only Blue Cream Light Brown to hatch (out of that group), and she’s one of the sweetest chickens ever.  All the chicks grew up to be show-quality and extremely beautiful.  Sparkles is going to be shown this year, and her mother, Duchess, was 3rd out of 32 birds overall (large fowl and bantam), and best Single Comb Clean Legged bantam.  Her father, Tick-Tock, received a blue danish at both shows he attended.  Her brother, Bluesy, is a beautiful Blue Cream cockerel (hatched out of a different batch of eggs, and now at his new home).

Sparkles has tried to hatch eggs twice this year, and 100% of the Dutch hens have gone broody.  This breed seems to be very good at sitting on eggs and raising chicks.

Sparkles a few days ago (it’s hard to get a photo of her because she runs around so fast).


The incubator she hatched out of ^


Over the next few days, meet the rest of last year’s hatch!


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Summer Chicks

Tiny Hen, a Cream Light Brown Dutch bantam hen, hatched seven tiny chicks.  It was a successful hatch, with 100% hatch rate, and 100% of the chicks survived.  The last chick had a rough hatch, since she had moved off the egg and the egg had dried out.  Luckily the chick made it out after being put under another broody hen, Owly.

cream light brown Dutch Bantam hen and chicks

 


Owly


 

Wild Barn Swallows built this nest and hatched their chicks.


 

Another hatch from this summer–Wattles, hatched by Spicy (a full-sized Speckled Sussex hen).  She’s a Cream Light Brown pullet.

And Duchess, Beaky, and Clover hatched one chick, named Chicklet.  They were extremely happy to finally hatch an egg, and spend hours looking after their chick.  (Pictures coming soon).


Interesting fact: Duchess, Beaky, Clover and Tick-Tock are the grandparents of this year’s chicks.


Goodbye Tick-Tock: Spring 2015 – 2016.  An illness took him in late December of 2016, and he is missed very much.


 

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.