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Two hours old

Get an incubator, they said. Don’t worry, they said, not all of the eggs will hatch. Buy plenty!

Got an incubator. Got 100% hatch. Up to my bits in chicklets. They’re a couple of weeks old now. Where am I going to put them all?

Sorry, I’d hoped to get the whole blog thing resolved by posting time today, but honest-to-dog you’ve never seen so much poop in your life.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 17, 2019, 9:18 pm

so how many is 100%?

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: June 17, 2019, 9:25 pm

I’m sure there’s a neighborhood fox or cat that will be glad to “take care” of any excess chicklets for you…

Comment from iamfelix
Time: June 18, 2019, 12:11 am

Yay weaselpost! Yay baby chikkens!! Do a break count and tell us how many.

Comment from OldFert
Time: June 18, 2019, 2:42 am

I’m sure there are some hipsters nearby who would be glad to “rescue” a chick or two (until their living room is being used for chicken bingo).

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 18, 2019, 7:22 am

I have, in total, ten chickens. My ideal flock size is six.

The real question is, how many of these puffballs are boys?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 18, 2019, 11:33 am

How many are boys?
Feed them all Ritalin and that will ensure they all behave like nice quiet attentive girls.

After six months when they get old enough, they can decide on their gender.

You want to discourage any of them deciding to be boys.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: June 18, 2019, 12:53 pm

Hooray! You’re back!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 18, 2019, 2:43 pm

I’m not planning on going away, technochitlin. I’m just thinking of dumping old content. A lot of which sucks anyway.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 18, 2019, 4:55 pm

from Job Monkey: The chicken sexer squeezes the feces out of the chicken so they can see if the day old chick has a bump or not. If there’s a bump, it’s a male. … The best chicken sexers can sort up to 1200 chicks per hour and well over a million chicks per year. Chicken sexing is a repetitive job.

I’m so sorry for sending this, but it’s worth a try.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 18, 2019, 6:35 pm

20 chickens a minute?

I know, I know, but I’m that guy that does the math when articles give out numbers that seem, kinda high.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 18, 2019, 6:40 pm

but I usually do it wrong.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 18, 2019, 8:34 pm

Yeah, there are experts that can tell on day one by looking at the vent. My Facebook chicken groups are full of “pullet or roo?” posts. Depending on the breed, it can be months.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 18, 2019, 8:41 pm

Pro tip: don’t Google “vent sexing”. I just did. I am scarred.

Comment from Jasonius
Time: June 19, 2019, 12:51 am

Granted I’m not a chicken sexer nor a math doer but (counts on fingers) that’s 3 seconds a McNugget.
Thats to picken, squeezen, looken, sorten.
I imagine a stack of folded 3X5s with yes or no written on them. How fast could I pick up, open, read, and drop in pile 1 or 2? 3 seconds sounds like cruising to me. They probably build in that third second to make sure they had their brain engaged before picking which drop chute.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 19, 2019, 12:07 pm

Even the experts only get it right 90% of the time, vent sexing.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 19, 2019, 3:07 pm

Vent Sexing?

Did they do that in Hawaii?

Was that the cause of the eruption!

Comment from BJM
Time: June 19, 2019, 11:36 pm

Stoaty, you might try this method from Stacy @ off the grid…she seems confident that it works…sort of. I love these two…just off kilter enough to be entertaining, but informative enough to be interesting.

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