The chicks are now three weeks old and it is amazing to see the difference. They are entering the awkward phase and are looking a bit…ugly. But we still love them! 🙂 We are so thrilled that ALL 27 have survived this long!!! From what I’ve heard and experienced and read, there is a high likelihood of losing at least one in the first week or so. Here are this week’s pictures:
As you can see they are much more feathered out at this point, and bigger. Also the Rhode Island Reds were orang-ish with speckled feathers last week, and now they are turning quite red. It is now clear that the previously yellow chicks (which we thought could be either a white bird or a buff) are in fact Buff Orpingtons.
We have one that I am pretty sure is a cockerel. It acts different and is walking tall and chest bumping all the other chicks. But the most convincing thing is that its comb is three times as big and turning pink already. Look at the above pictures and notice the combs (they are pretty much non-existent). That is what 26 of the chicks’ combs look like. Then look at this one chick’s comb:
It’s a cockerel, don’t you think?