Category Archives: incubation and baby chicks

Our newest chicks

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These are polish bantams. They are so cute and tiny.

July 8, 2014

Wow have I ever been busy. I went to church camp 2 weeks ago and then last week was our vacation week and we were just running around trying to get as much done as possible while my husband was home. We did get the gates up on the garden fence, we got a run built for one of the breeding pens and finally got the pool cleaned and swim ready. The garden has really started to take off. I am coming in every night with a basketful of tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, squash and zucchini. My crispers in the fridge are full now. I will be making pickles and homemade salsa this weekend. After I get our family stocked up I will be hopefully selling a bunch.

We have also had a lot of chicks hatch in the last few weeks. I think we had a total of 20 or so at one time, but for some reason most of the chicks hatched last week died. I really don’t know what went wrong. I also had 4 hatch in the last 24 hours with 4 more pipped. I set another 3 dozen for a late July hatch. I am still trying to get my brown eggs to hatch. For some reason I haven’t had any hatch out of those eggs yet, when I candle them they all look good, with veining and movement, but then when they go to lock down they don’t go any farther. I’m hoping for better luck on this hatch because at least 1 has already pipped. I can’t wait to see what it will look like.

I hope everyone is having a great summer and trying to stay cool.Here’s to happy harvesting!!!!!IMG_1135[1]

This is my harvest from yesterday. Not bad for 1 day this early in the season.

Scarlett and her chickie babies

Scarlett and her chickie babies

This is 3 of the 5 chicks Scarlett hatched. The black ones came from my polish/bantam cross Cilla.

June 2, 2014

Another busy weekend down and now another start to a busy week. We had a great weekend. Got most of the fence up around our garden and I just saw  that our peas are starting to grow pods. I believe we will have peas in a week. Yummy!! I have sugar snap and early peas growing. I just hope we have enough so that I can freeze them so they will last longer than last year.

We had some awesome arrivals this weekend! 5 of the 7 eggs I had in the incubator hactched and now we have 5 new silky chicks. They are the cutest little things. I was so nervous Saturday night I almost couldn’t sleep, but alas they finally started hatching at 5 am. It’s just like new babies to come in the wee hours of the morning. I have another 20 in the incubator with a hatch date of June 9 and another 22 with a hatch date of June 22 and Scarlett, my Silky hen is sitting on 6 eggs right now with a hatch date of June 16, which is just 2 days after my sons 15th birthday. I think I have caught the hatching bug or something. I plan to set 12 eggs almost every week. That way I can have some newbies every week or so.

I did have 3 eggs that didn’t hatch and I am planning on doing eggtopsies on them later today. I want to know at what stage the embryo stopped developing or if their was an embryo at all. This is all very new to me and it is all a very big learning process. But I feel that a 80% hatch rate on my first hatch is not bad at all.

What is going to be hard is parting with them after I have hatched them, but that is why I am doing this. I just have to stop naming them I guess. I do however want to build up my stock with chicks that I know where they are coming from, so I will be keeping some from every hatch. But selling a bunch too. 😦

The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

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This is Bonnie Blue….. (Rhett and Scarlett’s first born.)

Polish tophat chicks

Polish chicks

The Fantastic 4

The Fantastic 4

These are my new silky chicks

May 29, 2014

Busy,busy,busy. What can I say. Having over 50 chickens, and a huge garden takes a lot of work and not too much computer time.  I have been working really hard to get the last of the garden planted. I planted about 25 cucumber and pickle plants yesterday, along with all my assorted squash and melons. Today I plan on getting the corn and beans in the ground. We finally got our pool open so maybe after I get done with all that work I will just jump in. It’s been pretty hot the last few days. It’s supposed to rain today, so I might be repotting all my tomato plants instead. Today is the kids last day of school. Yippy, now maybe I can get a little help around here. My kids are really great about helping out (as long as they get some free time too), which makes it great. They understand that it takes the whole family to make a homestead run smoothly. I am hoping that I am teaching my children how to be more self sufficient and how to use the land the way God intended for us to do.

Well I have 8 eggs that went into lock down this morning. I am so hoping to get at least a few new chicks out of this batch of eggs, even just 1 would give me hope. I got a new incubator and egg turner this week, so I am hoping to have the most optimal hatching rates soon.

Keep us in your prayers for a great hatch Saturday!!!! ❤

Great is the Lord. He is most worthy of Praise! No one can measure his greatness. Psalm 145:3