Saturday, February 17, 2018

Egg Incubating, Another 2018 Goal

egg incubation

When I set my 2018 goals, buying an incubator and hatching my own chicks was at the top of the list. 

Little did I know that just a few weeks into 2018 I would lose my rooster...which is kinda necessary for having fertile eggs to hatch.

So, the day I lost Mr. Roo I was frantically google'ing all things 'chicken egg fertility'. Surprisingly, chickens can still lay fertile eggs up to three weeks after being exposed to a rooster. 

Thanks to amazon prime, I had an incubator at the house in two days and nine fertile eggs ready to rock! 

I Started with nine fertile eggs, and somewhere in between day 14 and 17 one stopped developing (an egg cycle takes 21 days to hatch). 

So here we sit, with eight eggs ready to hatch.

On day 20 I started to see some action, little pips in some of the shells and I could here chirping from the insides of the eggs. It wasn't long before I had four little golden chicks tousling about in the incubator. 

Out of the eight eggs we ended with, five of them hatched. The fifth little chick, a black one, didn't thrive and died a few hours after hatching.

It's back to the chick game for me, but just between us...I couldn't be happier. 

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