My second hatch of Basque Hen chicks are seven weeks old now. Mama Rosie began to lay again this past week and has gone to rejoin the layer flock, leaving her three chicks to their own devices. I’ve opened the gate between the two groups of age mates to let them integrate further. They are still sleeping apart, but hopefully I will be able to put them together soon.
I have 3 recessive white males, 1 dark marraduna male, 1 Australorp who might actually be a pullet despite my being convinced of its cockerel-ness for weeks, and 5 pullets: two marraduna, one light marraduna, one almost “mille fleur,” and one too underdeveloped to tell just yet, but most likely brown-ish. The three chicks that were with Rosie are undersized but will hopefully catch up as they grow out. Marraduna Basque Hens should look like the gorgeous flock here. (Click “fotos.”)