I put eggs from three different suppliers from all over the country – courtesy of ebay! – in my old incubator on 5 March, and lo and behold, on 26 March the first one hatched.
She was a Buff Sussex, and for some reason it took nearly another day for the other Buff Sussex’s to hatch, and some of the Barnevelders and Marans, and by last night, 27 March, all that were going to hatch, had hatched!
So out of 18 eggs, I got about 11 chicks – still not sure because the move around so much I’m not sure which ones I’ve counted!
But its a good ratio, because sometimes, almost nothing hatches, because the eggs were infertile in the first place.
I am hoping to start a flock with these three breeds, which are the ones I like best, although there are plenty other rare breeds that are just as nice.
I had intended to photograph the eggs as they were hatching, but I seem to have killed my old camera, by pressing the card down on the pins, in the wrong position. Its annoying, because the rest of the camera works fine, but I doubt that it would be worth sending it off for repair, because someone would charge an arm and a leg to dismantle the camera and put some new pins in!
I didn’t even bother finding out – altho if anyone reading this
knows of someone who could do the job – in the UK, I’d be glad to have their email address.
So, having sold some nice yarns to Romania and the USA in the last week, I decided to put the money to good use, and bought a basic digital camera. I felt bereft without one, I saw some wonderful pictures during the eclipse and I didn’t have anything to take them with!
But I think they will stay in my head, because the light was so special.
I haven’t yet got my head round this new-fangled digital thing – see the stuff I wrote on the Julz Cards page – but I did manage to take a few pics of the chicks – they are between 1 and 3 days old – I will be moving them out of the incubator tomorrow, as you can see they were curious enough to come out already!
Hope you enjoy these, may take some more later, when I’ve got the hang of this new camera!
Linked to Clare & Deans photo of the week event: