Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Quick Update - Hatch #2

Just thought I would quickly share today's hatching progress on Hatch #2.  Around noon today my 4 year old and myself began hearing chirping from inside the eggs in the incubator. Then at about 4pm this afternoon we saw our first two pipped eggs!  SOOO exciting!!!  At approximately 9:30pm chick #1 came into this world ... it is an Easter Egger.  There are also at least 6 other eggs pipped of the 24 total eggs in the incubator.  I will share photos and more updates tomorrow.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lock-down and Update

 

So today is lock-down for the incubator for Hatch #2 ... we currently have 24 eggs in there and we will see what happens.  We are hoping for at least a 40% hatch rate (which we had last time).  I'm sure I will keep you all posted when (or if?) the babies start hatching later this week.

Also today I got to see pictures of our first hatch.  All 6 chicks are doing good and look to be growing like weeds.  Here they are:


Photo: The chickens are going through the awkward teenage stage. They are enjoying the sun!


I can't wait for our next batch to hatch and to be able to keep them!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

What a Busy Week

This week has seemed to fly by in the kitchen ... with Superbowl on Sunday (can I say I loved the Dodge commercial!!!),  homemade mozzarella cheese, and Ree Drummond's chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting.  It seems like every time I turned around I was in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning (grrr ... the bad part of cooking!)

We also managed to start our second batch of eggs on Friday.  We are hoping for a hatch at the end of the month or first of March!!!  Little man is SOOO excited since we will be keeping some of these chickens.

I also have decided to start learning more about essential oils ... I signed up to be an independent consultant with doTerra.  You can find out more information at my page:  www.mydoterra.com/melissawalker .  I must say that as I start to research the oils and uses I will probably be passing some of the information along here as it pertains!

I hope everyone has a great week and I will try to get some pictures up later this week.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Wrap Up of Our First Hatch

So, we set our first batch on Friday, January 11th.  Lock-down on the incubator was Tuesday, January 26th.  First pip was Thursday, January 31st at about 8:30 am ... first baby arrived around 5:15 that day.  The last baby (#6) arrived sometime between 2:30 - 7:00am on Saturday morning, February 2nd.  All babies went to their new home on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3rd.

We started the incubator with 19 eggs.  When I went to lock-down the incubator I removed 5 of the eggs since I could see their was nothing in them (they were Rhode Island Reds that were not fertilized).  We ended up having 6 of the remaining 14 hatch.  I am thinking that's not a bad number for our first hatch.  Hopefully the next batch will be better!

Here are our babies from our first hatch!  We ended up with 4 Olive Eggers and 2 Easter Eggers

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Babies #2 and #3

So after the first baby hatched yesterday it seemed like the whole day was consumed with checking the incubator and seeing if anything was happening with any of the other ones.  We had two that that pipped early in the day, but nothing seemed to be progressing very quickly.  When I got up to check at 2am this morning Baby #2 (An Olive Egger also) had hatched and was already drying ... thank goodness Baby #1 finally had a friend to cuddle with.

Here are the 2 Olive Eggers

Baby #3's story is a bit different.  This was the first egg that had a crack in it.  It was Thursday morning at about 8:30 am when I had noticed it.  For the first 6 hours there was no change other than hearing it chirp.  Then it started to make a little progress ... but it was slow.  Finally around 8:30 I thought that it might actually be close to getting out of its shell.  I kept checking on it until I went to bed at 11pm and it still wasn't out ... and when I woke up at 2am this morning ... it was still in its shell.  At this point I was starting to worry, I knew the poor little chick must have been exhausted and when I went back to bed I told my husband that I didn't think it was going to make it.  But when my husband woke up at 6:30am all was well and the little one was out and about!




 
This is the Easter Egger trying to get out of the shell.



Making progress ... but it was still over 20+ hours from first pip to hatch.


Finally it chick arrived safely!