At almost three weeks old, it’s still impossible for me to tell what sex my two silkie x light sussex bantams are. I’ve followed all the usual criteria for sexing them, and the best I can deduce is that they are one of each sex, although which is which will be the next question. Now that they’ve got their wing feathers, they are quite pretty little beasts, and I hope that they will come in handy next year, sitting on eggs and bringing off pheasants and partridges for next season.
In the meantime, the first batch of partridges is doing quite well in the incubator, despite setbacks. The hot weather has been making the temperature a little unstable, and the thermometer has read everything from 35.9 degrees to 39.1. That said, I candled the eggs at the weekend and it looks like 10 out of 12 have shown signs of development. I don’t want to count my partridges before they hatch, but this first batch is looking promising, as long as the incubator holds steady long enough for them to be put under a bantam.