Big Chick or Rooster?

This baby chick doesn’t look like the others. It has eyes that look more like a hawk than a chicken. This chick is also much bigger than the others. We are trying to figure out if it is a rooster or not.

And it’s not just the size or stare, but the other things this chick does that makes us wonder.

This chick is the only one jumping up on top of the brooder panel instead of going under it. Also, jumping on top of the waterer had become a favorite thing to do. Not cool! I’m tired of cleaning out the waterer 3 times a day to remove your poop!

And if there was ever a bully on the block, this chick would be it. Jumping on top of others, pulling a feather or two, and the most recent, pecking another chick in the eye!

You better hope you are a rooster or you will not be welcome in our home! We’ve had enough hens with attitude and will not tolerate it!

Check out YouTube and you decide if this chick is a rooster:

Black Australorps at 3 Weeks

Baby chicks grow up so fast! Here they are at 3 weeks old. Starting to get personalities! There is the tiny one that cries a lot and you have to keep cleaning poop off her butt because she doesn’t move as well as the others. Believe me it’s a real thing! Called Pasty Butt. It can actually be deadly! She worried me but it finally getting bigger and healthier.

Then there is the bold one. The one that makes you wonder if she is a Rooster. Well, hard to say, but I’d prefer her to be a Rooster rather then that wild of a hen! She will be a handful! If it’s a Rooster he will have his talons full keeping the girls in line so won’t be as big a problem to me.

Ohhhhh they grow so fast!

See the girls at 3 weeks on their YouTube Channel:


New Baby Black Australorps

We decided that out of all the chickens we’ve had our favorite was the Black Australorps. They were sweet, quiet, easy to hold and had a different kind of sound to their clucking that seemed more like talking. How sweet is that?!

Cluck Norris is half Black Astralorp and has a great personality so we are hoping one of these 10 babies is a rooster. I’m sure we will find out!

Since this is a smaller batch of chickies than we have done in the past we started with a tub and hung a heat lamp over it. We have a table style brooder panel but it didn’t fit in the tub. Also, the heat lamp was too hot in this small of a space so we bought a water trough instead which gave a good amount of space and the temperature stayed more stable. We need to start at 95 degrees and then decrease 5 degrees per week.

It’s really stressful knowing their little lives are in your hands during this initial time when they are only 2 days old! They are so delicate at this age it’s hard not to worry!

The cuties seem to be doing great on their first day. THEY ARE SOOO ADORABLE!
Check out their first drink in their new home and then their first food on their YouTube Channel!