Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hatching Chickens

We put two dozen eggs  into the incubator exactly 21days ago. And last night there was a great deal of excitement amongst the children as the eggs started to chirp and later started to pip. We now have three out in the shed under a heat lamp and three more drying off in the incubator that will move out later this evening. There are many more that have pipped. We don't expect them all to hatch but we would be glad if we end up with ten viable chicks. They are white Sussex and black rocks which will be perfect us we would enjoy having some broody hens about with a clutch of chicks next year.

We attended a bee meeting last night. There was a very enjoyable talk about queen rearing.
The calf is has been booked in for his appointment with the butcher for next Monday. Can't wait to fill that freezer. The weeds are starting to come up in the polytunnel so that's on the to-do list.

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