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Lesson 774 – Quotable Chicks

Friday’s Quotes for the Chicks

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Graffiti from my daughter’s overnight camp.

It’s the eve of a long weekend. All the chicks have returned to the nest from college and it’s the official start of summer. Rain is in the forecast but that’s never stopped us from celebrating the beginning of the “lemonade and outdoor swimming” season. And have I told you that there is a Budweiser facility (complete with a full Clydesdale hitch) located in our town?

Doesn’t get much better than that.

Next week is going to be exciting. I’ll have a book review on Forrest Prichard’s “Gaining Ground.” Forrest a young farmer who is determined to change how farms work. He’s written a terrific and funny book on his experiences in saving the family farm. I contacted him and he’s graciously answered a few questions for an interview and he’s even sent a picture of him posing with a chicken.

Now that’s my kind of farmer.

There will be a few more Chicken Shaming photos and I’ve gotten some good feather sexing photos.  Next week, based on a compilation of young chick neck feather photos, you’ll see whether the sexing by an index card method really works.

Also, I have a big, BIG surprise that will be arriving this weekend. Not going to count the proverbial chicks before they hatch (hint, hint) but let’s just say that I think the readers of this blog are going to be very, very happy to see what this surprise is.

I know I will be.

Happy Memorial Day and a big, sincere “thank you” to all who have served for our country.

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As always, peaceful weekend everyone, health and happiness (and safety) to your flock.

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even  a recipe or two. 

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Lesson 773 – Sexing a chicken with an index card

The day before Violet died, I had planned to take a photo of her neck feathers (stay with me for this one.) Although I was almost positive she was a girl, I still had some nagging doubts. It was her feet, they just seemed so large. I had read, however, that by the time chicks were feathered there was a very easy way to tell if you had yourself a male or a female.

Simply slip a white index card under the upper neck feathers to see the tips. If the tips are pointed, it is most likely a male, if the tips are rounded, you have yourself a female.(But please don’t go destroying any birds based on this “test.”)

I did this with Violet, and her tips were most definitely rounded at about 6+ weeks. We had ourselves a little girl. (who I still miss.)

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You can sort of see her rounded feathers here.

This is the time of year when chicken owners are starting to wonder about the sex of their spring chicks. If they’ve gotten a straight run or hatched the chicks from eggs, chances are, they are going to have a rooster or two in the batch. For some people, the sooner they know the better it is with regard to finding the chick a new home (I’ve made it very clear over the years that a rooster does not belong in a flock where you have close neighbors.)

I’ve only seen this technique posted in one place, and I haven’t heard anyone else talk about it.  Could you chicken owners with older chicks (fully feathered apx. 5-7 weeks) take a look at those neck feathers using this technique and let us all know how it turns out?

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Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

Also, join me on Facebook to find out more about the flock (children and chickens) and see some pretty funny chicken jokes, photos of tiny houses, and even a recipe or two. 

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Lesson 747 – Sexing Violet by her body and feet

I may be setting myself up to being served a giant piece of crow pie in the next few weeks,  but I’m still going to go with the prediction that Violet is a girl.

First there were the sexing by tiny wing feathers which although difficult to see, I made the determination that they looked more like a female’s (uneven feathers) than a male’s (even feathers.)

Now, I have additional information based more on my experiences with chickens than anything else.

First, when violet is resting, she stands more horizontally than vertically. I’ve found that this is the typical stance for a pullet as opposed to a cockerel. The boys tend to be more upright, their chests thrust forward, while the girls, tend to be lower to the ground and steadier. Continue reading

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Lesson 509 – Sexing a day old chick by its wings

A reader (amy elizabeth of tbn ranch) yesterday left a comment on my rooster blog about sexing day old chicks based on their wing feathers. I had heard of this technique but by the time I got around to looking at Charlie’s wings, she was much too old for this to be considered a valid indicator. Although I have never had a chance to use this technique, amy elizabeth  claims that it works consistently.

I plan to make a visit to our local feed store to take pictures of little chick wings to see if I can capture this technique. In the meantime, I’ll pass on the information but like the pendulum at a baby shower – I must caution you to use it at your own risk (in other words, don’t come crying to me if you get a rooster.)

amy elizabeth wrote:

I thought I’d pass on a little trick I learned a few years back that might help you… a lot. Sexing day old chicks is easy if you just look at the wing. Continue reading

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