That's right, name that chicken. I tried to look them up, but I got overwhelmed. Which is why I'm hoping you will help me!
Let me give you some background. Last year, we ordered baby chicks. There was a surprise rooster in there. I decided to keep him, hoping to incubate our own.
Fast forward to this spring, we got our incubator all set up. Many eggs were viable. One pipped and hatched but didn't make it. We waited for the others, to no avail.
I thought I did something wrong with the humidity. Tried again.
This time around, same thing happened. Many were viable but we waited, waited and waited some more. One pipped, hatched, but didn't make it.
Checked the temperature. BOTH thermometers were off. BOTH of them!
Used the fancy LL Bean thermometer and BOOM. Chickens hatching right and left! Some we got into the incubator, some more were pipping, all so exciting! And then while I was out and about with the kids...the *^& cat turned up the incubator to 117 degrees and cooked the rest. I cried. I was so defeated that I ordered 25 baby chicks online.
But then, the next day, I decided to give it one last whirl. Eggs are only supposed to be hatchable if collected 10 days prior to incubating. I had many more collected from days prior to the 10 day mark. I decided, why not try? I filled the incubator.
Two days before the baby chicks were supposed to arrive, the incubator was bursting with excitement.
Long story short, we ended up with 47 baby chicks. In a brooder in our play room. Plus the 13 layers in the barn. We turned into a crazy chicken family overnight with 60 chickens. Oops.
Alas, most all have made it and they are pullets now!! I think we have 7 roosters that we must do something with. And our mail orders...we need help figuring out what they are. I ordered 'assorted brown egg layers" and they threw in an extra 'rare breed'.
So....what we have now...
Mostly Rhode Island Reds. That's what we hatched. Plus some of the mail order ones were Rhode Island Reds too.
And then (1) we have what I think are White Orpingtons (?).
In case you're wondering, the layers....we have Barred Rock, Buff Orpington and Rhode Island Reds. We used to have Aracanas, but not any longer.
Here's one of our beloved Barred Rocks.
Anyway, how about a warm egg?...how we love thee. And I love how they both are wearing a mama made-his shirt and the overalls I made for him, but now fit here.
Many thanks in advance for helping us with labeling these chicken breeds!