Where have you been Texas Farm Wife?

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by
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You post and go!  No no, I’ve been a busy busy bee.  Although, not as busy as I’d like.

I took Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurdsay off from work to hatch some egg!  So far I’ve got six little fuzzballs in the brooder, and one hatching in the incubator.  I’m actually rather suprised I dont’ have more.  I was shipped 12 eggs (got 15, one broke, set 14) and I recieved six local eggs.  Wednesday was day 21, and hatch day.  The little buggers started hatching on Tuesday! Early birds!

Today I have had only one chick hatch, and she needed some help.  I’ve had some difficulty getting the humidity up to the recommended 65% for hatch days.  The other chicks hatched so quickly there was no problem, but this little one was a slow hatcher, and the inner membrane of the egg dried out and glued her in.  She needed some help!  So I pulled her out and got the egg off of her, but her little naval isn’t healed properly.  She’s staying in the incubator until it heals up or she passes.

The rest of the fuzzy bunch are in the brooder now.  They’ve got wood shavings, water (with a glug of apple cider vineger ACV in it) and some chick starter crumbles.

I’ve heard many many good things about fermented feed, so I’m going to give that a try with these ones.   One of the major benefits, beyond increased health, is a lower feed bill.  It seems that when the feed is allowed to ferment a couple of days before you serve it up, it makes it easier for the nutrients to be absorbed by the chickens.  More nutrients absorbed = less feed eaten.  I’m going to give it a shot.  It can’t hurt, and it may just help.

Here’s some chickie pictures for your amusement.

Here's how I've got the incubator set up with a web cam.

Here’s how I’ve got the incubator set up with a web cam.

The first chick hatched!  I think he's a rooster.

The first chick hatched! I think he’s a rooster.

Buddies? Not really.  If they lay next to each other it makes it easier to peck at the other.

Buddies? Not really. If they lay next to each other it makes it easier to peck at the other.

Pip pip little guy!

Pip pip little guy!

Here's chick #3 sitting on chick #4 as she hatches.

Here’s chick #3 sitting on chick #4 as she hatches.

Here's the first four!

Here’s the first four!Here's the 6 so farHere’s the 6 so far!


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