This morning, the incubators turned on for the first time this year.
(forgive the crappy cell phone pics)
24 in here…this is where I put the green eggs I was able to collect.
I only have 2 green egg layers left, so there’s not many of them.
But, next month I’ll be buying hatching eggs from the same farm that my greens came from…they have the same breed combo as when I got the 3 greens (and LemonChicken) so I’m hoping to hatch out a few more coloured egg layers.
56 eggs in here. Holy. Moly. That’s a lot of eggs.
In 21 days, we should have a bounty of chicks.
And then, we’ll start again. 😉
Because there are freezers to fill, and egg layers to add to the flock.
From getting the feed ready for chickens this morning, I don’t think I’ve sat very long at all.
But we have fresh hamburger buns for supper, a chocolate angel food cake for dessert, homemade mayo for next week’s lunches, plus homemade coleslaw and dressing…
Then all the clean up to go with that.
And homemade cream cheese made from last week’s left over milk.
And I’m prepping the pots for pepper seeds.
Then moving things around for the incubators.
Yup, got my 80 eggs ready to set, so gotta get that going too.
At the end of it all will be a nice glass of green tomato wine waiting for me.
Aaaaannnd, I have to get that bottled too. 🤦♀️
That’s what I get for complaining that I’m having to wait too long to get stuff going.
Tomorrow we fire up the incubators.
I’ll have collected the last of the eggs I need to run 2 full batches.
In 3 weeks we could have as many as 80 chicks.
Depending on fertility.
There’s too many roosters in the coop right now, so I know just about every hen is getting a little lovin’.
If the weather holds, there will be at least 5 less roos next weekend.
I have to count how many boys there are for sure.
I know the 3 big orpington/wyandotte cross boys are staying.
Everyone else is going to Freezer Camp.
That’ll give some of the “favorite” hens a chance to recover and regrow feathers where the boys have been a bit too exuberant.
But that’s next week.
This week, tomorrow, we set eggs for hatching.
And start pepper seeds.
Yeah the box is huge.
The incubator is huge.
It can hold 56 chicken eggs, so I shoulda realized how huge it was gonna be.
I have a spot for it, as well as the first (smaller) incubator.
This year‘s hatching is about to start!
After a week of frustration (trying not to be frustrated) of no new news on the tracking for my incubator, a friend mentioned to check with our local post office…because the courier doesn’t ship outside of the big city, but hands parcels off to Canada Post.
My incubator is sitting at our local post office.
So, Monday I get to go pick it up.
And then, March 1st, I set my first round of eggs…
There will be so many chicks!
15 chirp chirps
Like this ^^^ but so many more.
I’m looking forward to it.