The chicks have been growing well. True to their name, they are starting to develop a bit of attitude. When I put my hand in, I will get pecked. It doesn't hurt as the chicks are still less than a week old. But some are making a "challenging" pose and square up to my hand - even though they're only little.
When they were three days old, I thought I'd weigh them. The heaviest was 65 grams and the lightest was 50 grams. I was surprised at the variance. The average weight was 58.0 grams.
I weighed them again today - what a difference two days makes! The smallest today was 60 grams and the heaviest was 83 grams with a group average of 72.4 grams. Average increase in 14.4 grams. The largest chick gaining 18 grams in weight and the smallest gaining just 10 grams.
I wish I had leg rings for them so that I could check the progress of each individual chick. . . .but that window has passed. I will just have to work on averages. I would love to be able to chart the growth of each chick.
I have no idea which chicks are male and which are female at this point. I am just guessing that the heavier chicks are male. We'll see.