Since I really like taking pictures of chickens, and since we have a lot of chickens to take pictures of, post 300 is ChixPix. (This is a knitting blog, after all. What's a knitting blog without lots of pictures of chickens?)
The big fat yellow chicks are the Cornish X chicks we bought; the cute little brownish red ones are the ones that we just hatched ourselves.
Notice the size difference. The Cornish chicks are two days older than our chicks, but twice the size. (They're meat birds - they've been bred to grow really really fast. Within a week, their main focus in life will be eating. And eating some more. With some snacking. And then more eating. It's rather frightening to watch...)
I love our little guys - they're not the least bit intimidated by the larger chicks. As far as they're concerned "we're just all chicks together" - they join in whatever fun is happening, without seeming to notice that they're getting knocked ass over teakettle half the time. Whether it's a mass game of "Let's all peck this one little tiny spot on the wall" or "How many other chicks can we step on in order to find the perfect napping spot", our little ones are right in the thick of things.
I couldn't get all 7 of our little new hatchlings into one shot, since they move way too fast and have no concept of posing for the camera. And that's the final count from this hatch - seven little Rhode Island Reds or possible RIR/Orpington crosses. (We briefly had eight, but the last little hatcher didn't make it. Sometimes they just don't, no matter how hard we wish them to. It's the hardest part of raising animals.)
Seven out of 27 eggs is not a good average. We're suspecting the rooster is playing favorites out there, and not sharing his affections with all the ladies.
In his defense, there's a lot of ladies in his harem. We're going to be getting him an assistant.
Whether he likes it or not.