We have made it to Day 21 and past for the first of the two scheduled hatches. These are a Heritage Breed that is listed as threatened on the Livestock Conservancy website. Knowing we just added a few more of these birds back into the world is a rather awesome feeling.
The first batch started out as 15 hatching eggs, at day 14 they were thinned to 11 viable. By day 18 we had 10 with 3 questionable.
By day 21 we had 3 pipping and by day 22 we had 3 adorable chicks!
Meet the Langshan Littles!
(My apologies for the terrible pictures. Camera phones, bad lighting and wanting to not disturb the babies too much won out over capturing the perfect image.)
This is the first hatchling. We named it (for lack of a better gender neutral term) Early as in “The Early Bird Gets the Worm”. An adorable blue with a serious stink eye.
Monday night we went to bed with just one chick. Tuesday morning we had 2. A little black one.
By the time we returned home on Tuesday night we had our 3rd. Two blue and one Black.
This is Early
Second one out we named Dos (Spanish for 2, original, I know) I think it fitting with that black “face-painting” very Dia de los Muertos don’t you think?
This little one was named Nimbus for the cumulonimbus cloud since it is such a light grey (blue)
A great side by side of the two blue chicks. Early has the dark beak.
A look at the early feathering on the wing.
Check out those adorable feathered legs and feet!
Oh it is official, we ARE keeping one of these Croad Langshan chicks as this was our very first ever hatch, how could we not? Now we just have to decide,
Early or Nimbus??
What do you think?