Okay, so I kinda have the image issue figured out. I can embed Instagram posts right into blog posts, so that you don't have to click away from the blog to see images. And, you can click the arrows on the sides of the images to scroll through multi-image posts. Whew. Took a bit to figure it out, and it's a fair bit annoying 🤦♀️🙄 but at least I can share pictures again. Until the next grand WordPress upgrade. GAH!! Why won't they listen that the block editor is a clunky clump of excrement that is a pain in the arse to use?
Anyways, this is the new brooder Hubby built for me.
Since we have so many chicks hatching, plus 75 meat chickens and 10 meat turkeys coming in a couple of weeks….and…turkey eggs in the big incubator…
Welp, I need somewhere to put aaaaaaaallllllll the bebes until they’re big enough to integrate into the main flock…and we’ve been gathering (okay, *Hubby* has been gathering) free building materials from places that get rid of their wood pallets.
All recycled wood.
I’ve got some left over paint from when we were getting the house in the city ready to sell, so I’ll slap a coat of that on it…once the 2 broody hens in there hatch out their eggs.
So y’know, local-to-me folks…if you’ve got any paint sitting around that you’re never going to use and don’t want it, we’d be happy to take it off your hands and recycle it!
I couldn’t help myself…
This is one of the hens who has been fighting me for the past week over collecting eggs.
She sooooo wants to sit a nest.
So when Hubby finished the brooder, I thought “why not?”
I collected 10 eggs, put them in the basket and put her in there.
Yesterday we added another 8 eggs and another broody hen.
I don’t need this brooder for another 3 weeks yet, so why not let a couple hens do the job?
My 2nd hatch was 24 eggs set.
22 eggs were actually fertile.
4 eggs were quitters…somewhere in the incubating process they just stopped developing.
18 live hatches.
1 lost in the overnight the first night.
So 17 total, with 2 having to be helped after they pipped and couldn’t get out of the egg.
So far, I have 60 chicks.
With 18 under 2 hens and another 24 set into the small incubator.
If we have nothing else to eat this winter, we will have chicken.
But my tomatoes are coming up now so I think we’ll have a good year, food wise.
I sure hope so!!