One of the most exciting things about keeping chickens is getting to hatch them. 24 hrs after hatching they are a cute little ball of fluffy down, chirping and huddling under the brooder for warmth. Hatching eggs is a wonderful way for children to experience the joys of … [Read more...]
Creating a Brooder Area
*This post was originally published in April 2014. It has been updated to provide better information and for your reading pleasure. Hatching your own eggs can be fun and exciting. To wait anxiously by the incubator for 20 days is anticipation building but … [Read more...]
Boy they grow up fast! The four "teen" chicks as we've taken to calling them are 8 weeks old now. They are well settled into the coop addition we built and finally had their first outing the other day. There was a little pecking from some of the big girls but since there is a … [Read more...]
The Chicks Have Arrived!
All 6 of our Lavender Orpington chicks have hatched. They hatched on Thursday and are thriving! We received a total of 8 eggs from Chicken Scratch Poultry. Two of the eggs did not develop and by the second candeling, that was obvious, so they were removed and egg-topsied. It … [Read more...]
We Have Piping!
With our latest batch of hatching eggs all was going well until the first night of lockdown. We were scheduled to be home that evening from our family Easter gathering and on the way home, our area was hit with some storms. We had a power outage of unknown duration, which we … [Read more...]