The Exchequer Leghorn chicks are already 4 days old, I have kept them indoors for now as the past couple of days have been quite wet. They will need to be moved by the weekend as I will need to clean the shed in readiness for any turkeys that may hatch. I candled the turkey eggs again yesterday and think they may still be developing, although there are three whose air sacs have an irregular shape. It has been a good result with the Leghorn chicks, with only two possibly three cockerels amongst them.
Photo: Exchequer Leghorn chicks 6 days old.The two darkest in the middle are most likely cockerels.
The chicks from the previous hatchings are doing well and are now three and eight weeks old. The nine, three week old chicks are all crossed with an Indian game cockerel and are destined for the table, apart from the three pure Indian Game. They are feathering up much faster than the others and look good, strong healthy chicks.
Photos: (click on image to enlarge)
Indian Game hen with 9, 3 week old chicks. All from an Indian Game cockerel.
The 3 balck ones are from either Australorp or Welsh black hens.
The 3 white or white mix are from an Ixworth hen
The remaining 3 (although only 2 are in the photo) are pure IG
The 2 chicks in the foreground are Ixworth cross the 3 at the back are pure Indian Game
The 18 , 8 week old chicks are a mixed flock both in breed and in hatchings. 6 are from the clutch of eggs hatched by the Speckled Sussex, 2 of which are table birds from the Indian Game cockerel, of the remaining Welsummer chicks there are 3 partridge cockerels and a Gold Duckwing cockerel. The rest of the group are chicks hatched in the incubator, 4 table birds and 8 Welsummer pullets ( a mix of partridge and Gold Duckwing )
Photo 1 : L -Indian game cross Ixworth chick 8 weeks. R- Gold duckwing Welsummer cockerel 8 weeks
Photo 2 : Gold duckwing Welsummer pullet 8 weeks
Photo 3 : Partridge Welsummer cockerel 8 weeks