While I was standing at the kitchen sink, still in my pajamas at lunchtime (don’t judge) yesterday, The Husband came in and informed me that there was something outside that I just had to see. It was a bit chilly out, so I asked him to consider very carefully if I would truly think the sight was worth standing outside freezing. He insisted that yes, I would, and to bring the camera.
Out I went, camera in hand, to see this wondrous sight:
Now the whole picture:
That is the spare tire, mounted underneath the bed of The Husband’s work pickup. It’s been parked for about a week, waiting on repair parts.
There is no doubt that chickens are weird creatures. I tell them so every night when I come out to make sure all is well before locking up the coop. They just look at me, as if to say “You’re the one talking to a bunch of chickens, now shut the door, it’s cold outside!”
I got a call from the post office this morning. They said they had a noisy box waiting for me, so I told the girls to get their shoes and jackets on and get in the car. Though they’ve been pestering me about it for the last two months, they could not figure out why we were going to town today.
And now, after a very peaceful 5 days, my concrete bathroom is rather loud again. The hatchery (turn down your speakers before clicking the link, this website crows!) provided Gro-Gel in the shipping box, and they all arrived alive. 5 each of straight-run bantam Red Cochins, Blue Cochins, Partridge Cochins and Buff Silkies. Plus a few extra in case of losses.
If all goes well, they’ll soon be moving under Henny Penny and the big blue cochins, most of whom are presently sitting on wooden eggs.
Just one of the things that make living in the middle of nowhere, totally worth it.
The hatching bug has bitten me again, and I’ll be setting a dozen eggs in the incubator tomorrow morning. I thought I’d make a chart to keep track of days, temperatures and turning the eggs. This process should take 21 days, but if the incubator happens to be running a little below the correct temperature, it can sometimes take a day, or two longer.
I’m sharing the chart I made in case it would be helpful for someone else. I might just let The Taterbug fill it out as we go. It’ll be good penmanship practice, and she’ll get to learn how to read a thermometer.
You can click on the link below the image to download the printable.
Egg Incubating Printable