It’s Almost Time!

It’s day 19.
The turners came out of the incubators today.
We oughta hear cheep, cheep, cheeping in the next couple of days.

Hatching can start as early as day 20 and go as late as day 23.
Soon though, we’ll see what our hatch rate for this round is.

This is exciting to me.
I’m not sure this will ever get old.
🙂

These are from last year.

There will be new pictures once we see what/how many hatch.

It Has Begun

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.
Sadly.
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.

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Sadly I have no rhyme for Dr Seuss day though…I do have green eggs, just no ham!
😂😂😂

Busy Day

I feel like I’ve been going non-stop today.

From getting the feed ready for chickens this morning, I don’t think I’ve sat very long at all.
lol
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.
Oh!
And homemade cream cheese made from last week’s left over milk.
YUM!

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.
lol

20 days to spring!!

Tomorrow…

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.

Today?
Today we rest.

Ruby

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It’s Here!!!!

The new incubator arrived last night…

Can’t I haz the big box?

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.
D’oh!
That’s okay.
I have a spot for it, as well as the first (smaller) incubator.
This year‘s hatching is about to start!
🙂

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Sooooo Close!!!

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.
Well…wooooooohoooooooo!!!
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…
80 eggs.
There will be so many chicks!

15 chirp chirps

Like this ^^^ but so many more.
I’m looking forward to it.
🙂

Almost Here!

Tracking says my incubator is in the nearest big city.
All I need is for it to make it to where we can pick it up.
Squeee!!

And, I’ve contacted the lady I bought Lemon Chicken’s batch of chicks from…

Lemon Chicken is in this box somewhere!

She’s selling hatching eggs from the same crosses that Lemon Chicken came from.
Hopefully I’ll be getting 2 dozen from her at the end of the month.
Looking forward to firing up the incubators!

Hoping to hatch out a few more like her! 😉