Silver Dorkings

There is another Silver Dorking egg hatched in the incubator, we’ve moved the last chicks that were left in our room outside a few weeks ago.

It had become so normal to have one kind of bird or chick, quail, gosling, etc. making a noise in the room that I almost didn’t even realise  when I heard the first cheeping that is was coming from the incubator at all.

A new chick hatching has bought up the question again about whether our bigger chicks are girls or boys…

Silver Dorking chicks are ‘sex-linked’ which means that they have different markings for girls and boys when they are born. I think from the markings that they had when they were born were boys, but now that their feathers are through I’m not so sure as they look more like the hens feathers then the cockerals.

Any way, whatever the two older chicks are, the one in the incubator is the other sort!

One response to “Silver Dorkings

  1. Moon Over Martinborough

    How fun to have baby chicks. We’ve got two right now and I wish they were ‘sex-linked’ too. But they’re Barnevelders and nobody I know can tell them apart yet. I’m hoping for hens. If they’re boys, then it’ll be our first time raising a chicken for meat. I’ve got a soft spot for these chicks, so I’m not too keen on that idea!

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