Today was Day 18 in the incubator so I sealed the vents, added a water source, and began The Long Wait. I sure would like to get a healthy chick out of the batch. The viewport is steamy as expected when the internal humidity is >=70%
I had been reading about Transylvanian naked neck chickens (so-called “turkens”) with interest over the past couple of years. They are hardy in heat, lay decently, and have good meat. Sounds like a Texas chicken to me. People say they are ugly but I think buzzards are pretty birds so what do I know?
A fellow in Wills Point breeds them. The 100% naked necks are black, I think. The light colored ones here are crosses.
They have a lot of personality already, very curious and watchful.
For those of you following along, how many chickens will this actually make in total? Depends on how many males there are.
- 12 game birds / 2 = 6 likely pullets with small eggs
- 7 barred rock peanuts. The hatchery intended these to be all male but one is promisingly dark with smaller comb. = 1 likely pullet
- 10 naked necks / 2 = 5 likely pullets
- 12 assorted eggs in incubator. Guessing two may survive the hatch / 2 = 1 likely pullet. Yes, I know I am literally counting my chickens before they hatch.
So the likely total will be 13 pullets with 6 or 7 laying normal eggs and the others mainly decorative. Maybe keep one standard cockerel and one bantam cockerel.
We shall see. The chainlink kennel-based roosting area is nearly complete. I need another day or so with that and then I can keep the young birds in it. By the time I get the run put up they’ll be ready to run around a bit.