The hatch has slowed but certainly not stopped. The 15 chicks hatched Thursday and Friday are happy in the brooder, and there are more on the way! So far, there are:
2 Marans mixes: My swap partner listed her varieties for me. She had Orpington, Ameraucana, and Easter Egger roosters over Marans and Orpington hens. One Marans hen was cuckoo, or barred, and the other was wheaten. Well, these chicks certainly aren’t wheaten; I think their mom was cuckoo (in the nicest possible way 😀 ). Because their father was not, only male chicks would inherit the barring and would have a white dot on their head. Thus, I think I have a male and female.
4 Speckled Sussex and mixes: Two are pure Speckled Sussex, one is SS over Silver Ameraucana (silver is dominant, can you guess who?), and one is SS over regular, golden duckwing Easter Egger.
8 Basque Hens and 1 Buff Orpington mix: Well, I also have 8 fantastic Basques and a buff Orpington mix from my swap eggs. Only problem is – I can’t figure out which is the Orpington! In the meantime, here they are. One had crooked toes and another has leg problems. I believe they are both on the mend, and I will explain in depth later.
In the incubator, I have a Blue Birchen Marans chick, a Brown Leghorn chick, a Blue Birchen egg pipping, and an SS x Easter Egger pip. I’ll keep you updated!