Life in Tasmania's Huon Valley, by a blow-in from the mainland
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Incubation in progress
We want to increase the size of our small flock of chooks. Unfortunately none of our young hens have shown any signs of broodiness. I thought one was last year, as she spent an awful lot of time sitting on the nest, but after a week or so she got sick of sitting on the fertile eggs I placed under her and got up, desperate to get out of the broody box. Barnevelders are not a breed of poultry known for being good mothers. So I bought a small egg incubator and put the first lot of eggs in it last week. After reading the troubleshooting guide (which features a cover photo of two cute chicks toting guns - not women, I mean actual chicks of the fluffy yellow variety - weird) I'll be amazed if we get any live hatches given the extensive list of what can go wrong. But in the meantime I'll keep turning those eggs and checking temperature and humidity for the next two weeks and keep my fingers crossed.
Escaped Sydney in 2010 for a piece of paradise in Tasmania's Huon Valley. I'm a keen walker, remote worker, incompetent gardener, Bernese Mountain Dog owner, fan of almost anything German (food, language, cars, beer), amateur linguist, chook fancier, childfree.