Monday, March 16, 2009

A New Endeavor

My dear husband has been grumbling rather loudly that we are NOT ready for chickens...
In his defense, he is absolutely right.

In my defense: I didn't procure either eggs or incubator. I merely plugged them in when they were brought through my front door and handed to me. Furthermore it has been several months at least since I mentioned casually to my dear mother-in-law that it would be fun to hatch some eggs to go along with a creation science study. Some day...

So, some day appears to have arrived. The critters are excited. They can't wait until we can candle the eggs to see if there appears to be anybody inside. Joshua, being five, doesn't quite have the concept of time down and whenever I tell him it will be three weeks until they hatch he wants to know if that is today. :-) We put them in on Saturday, March 14. So this weekend we'll do our first candling. In the meantime it's turn them five times a day and keep an eye on the water level and the thermometer. Grandma says it's like babysitting...

The plan is when they are big enough to go outside we'll put them inside the fence around the new trees. Hopefully when the spring and early summer gardening chores (like fencing, planting, greenhouse etc) are taken care of my honey will have time to construct winter shelter for our chickens (assuming they hatch that is). If not, I guess they'll have to winter in the greenhouse...assuming that gets built...

So, you can see his point when he says we are not ready...

Again I say to you, IT'S NOT MY FAULT!!! ;-D

2 comments:

Aunt Pitty Pat's Fun said...

Awe what fun it is to hatch out little chuks... I use to do the same thing your doing.. only I had to hand turn my eggs. Nothing fancy at this old ranch. I use to at least get a 2/3 hatch ratio...which I understand is good for doing it the way I did :)
Make sure you get the medicated feed for them when they are small.. just a suggestion :)
I can't wait to read more about this science project :) As yes it really is :)
M

princessmama said...

Yes, I am hand turning ours too. I just read about the medicated feed for when they are real little. I do think we'll go that route. Can't have all the little chickies dieing off now.

Thanks for taking the time to comment:) I will definitely by posting more about our experiment as it progresses.