After several hours, these new babes are already putting on wing feathers! Just see!
Just had to share with those who never get to see or enjoy chicks. They weigh about like picking up a wad of cotton–almost nothing. But hidden inside them, given enough feed, etc., lies the beautifully mysterious potential to become five to eight pounds. About half are hens.
They are much stronger today than they were yesterday. Had to bathe one baby bottom, today, (five, yesterday) and the poor thing nearly got a full bath, it struggled so. 🙂 Did not photograph that one because it is having a bad hair day right now. However, the temp is 90 degrees in their little brooder pen and things dry very quickly there.
The sixteen of them have drunk a whole quart of water. Good babies!
We chose the Buff Orpington variety on the advice of a good friend in the B&B business.