Buff orpingtons are my favorite breed; I'd had quite a few at one time but the last one was lost to a predator over a year ago. These five were the last in their bin of pullet chicks. We just couldn't leave them there, right?
You can tell if chicks are warm enough (or too warm) by their behavior: happy chicks will move around and chirp contentedly. Cold chicks huddle together; too-hot chicks separate and hold their wings out as they try to cool off. Ours were definitely happy.
|One of the older girls, a black sex link.|
|On the left, a straight-run chick of unknown breed. On the right, another black sex-link pullet.|
(Note: hubby took the blue tags out of their wings today. I didn't know that you're supposed to do that or the skin will grow over them. Evidently it's how the hatchery and store mark the pullet chicks.)
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