Chickie Update

One day old....aaaaaah!

Ok, so I could be posting about the delicious ribs in barbecue sauce I cooked today, inspired by Greg´s recipe over at  Rufus´Food and Spirits Guide, but more of that another day. They were superb though!

Have been down amongst the chickens and olives again and little brown (well, she´s more honey coloured) hen was quite happy for me to have a little cuddle with our new chickie whilst she had a well earned snack.

S/he (I´m not quite sure) is grey (like his/her daddy, the big grey cockerel) and honey coloured, totally gorgeous.  I read that Japan is the most advanced country in the world for training “Chicken Sexers”.  My, that would be a career!  It seems you have to look at the one day old chicks´ nether regions (and it has to be a pretty good look). If you see a little “button” it´s a cockerel, if not it´s a hen.  Did try this once, but as I´m the kind of woman who often misses motorway junctions and road signs, it wasn´t something I excelled at…

Chicken number two, who is an agressive little thing, has her first chick hatching out as we speak.  She still has another three eggs, so hopefuly between now and tomorrow, there will be more.

Sitting and waiting.....

Ok, enough chicken speak, but you can all go “aaaaah” now!

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23 thoughts on “Chickie Update

  1. Pretty cute! Any post that uses the term chicken sexers beats out BBQ. Thanks for the shout out, Can’t wait to see how the sauce worked for you. Also, on the links. Go to Help in WordPress and type in links. Should be a tutorial there.

    1. Tee hee! I may have visitors to this post hoping for something saucier than BBQ ribs! Thanks for the advice, will give it a go, but I think it´s something on my laptop that´s preventing me from inserting links…am going to try the help you suggested. And the BBQ sauce was wonderful, I only made a small batch as a trial, and it´s all gone!

  2. Its the Good Life! Is that the name of a song? Anyway, very jealous. I would love to raise some chicks but l think a cockerel is necessary? Couldn’t cope with that! A huge seagull pinched some eggs the other day when l placed them on the hen coop roof to take in later! Its a constant struggle here!!!!

    1. Wasn´t it that programme with Felicity Kendall? We´re like Tom and Barbara here – I wish! And yes, you do need a cockerel to get romatic with the ladies, otherwise you just have unfertilised eggs. They´re pretty noisy but as everyone round here keeps at least one, we just joined in. You could always swap some of your eggs with a neighbour who keep a cockerel, put them under a broody hen and wait 21 days. Horrible seagull, they´re so greedy (and clever). I hate it when I break an egg accidentally, as I now have such a good appreciation of all the work our little ladies have to put in to lay one for us.

    1. It´s true, we all go a little soppy! We´re up to 3 chicks and there was one that didn´t make it 😦 I think we´re going to have to wait now until the middle of next week (I think) for the final batch.
      So relieved I got the links sorted – thanks to you too for pointing me in the right direction. It seems I was missing out one (critical) part of the process – duh! Now I´ve cracked it I feel stupidly proud.

      1. It’s called chicken math, lol. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been affected by it, lol. It is real, and I ♥♥♥ it! 😆

      2. And it looks like we have the same Andalucian Blues (although you´ve had to say good bye to Jasmine 😦 ) wish we could send you some of our eggs. We have just had two chicks born who look like they´re Andalucian´s – very cute. But we have a mix of chickens, so we can´t be sure yet!

      3. chicaandaluza says:
        June 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm
        And it looks like we have the same Andalucian Blues (although you´ve had to say good bye to Jasmine ) wish we could send you some of our eggs. We have just had two chicks born who look like they´re Andalucian´s – very cute. But we have a mix of chickens, so we can´t be sure yet!

        Awesome! I am seriously ready for some acreage! This would be a breed I would definitely work on, since over here, they are threatened status: http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/andalusian.html.

        Enjoy your babies!

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