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Friday, 27 March 2009

Chick news

Blue skies at 7am, and, somewhat ahead of time, our first chick has hatched, whole and healthy and is tottering around cheeping encouragement at the remaining seven eggs.

So it looks like I'll be spending today with a cup of tea looming over the incubator cheeping encouragement too.


I don't recall signing up to be a farmer's wife...




6 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

Are they the eating or the laying variety?

CathM said...

How many are you expecting to hatch? ps Enjoyed reading the other stories... chicks hatch out cuties :)

Désirée said...

This is an experience that few kids living in a city experience today. Wow, I would love to see a hatch for real.

Louise said...

@Chairman Bill : the boys we'll pop in the freezer just as they reach puberty and start kicking up a stink. The girls will get a year or two of laying before we eat them as well.

@CathM: We started with about 16 eggs, of which 8 turned out to have been fertilised (our cockerel's not as young as he used to be). Right at this moment we have one healthy hatchling and four eggs with cracks. And the proverb "never count your chickens before they're hatched" is ringing around my head.

@Desiree : The first time AJ saw a chick come out of an egg he screamed and ran out of the room! They only start to look cute after a couple of days. But I do think it's a nice experience for them to see the birth. Certainly in the cities it's not possible to raise your own chicks, but it is possible in towns where there are gardens to have a couple of hens, and to buy fertilised eggs to put in an incubator (which could be shared among several families)...They're great for teaching kids responsibility and cooking with eggs at the same time!

Chairman Bill said...

Can't have them where we are - too many foxes.

ladyfi said...

Life is full of surprises.. and chicks.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Chick news

Blue skies at 7am, and, somewhat ahead of time, our first chick has hatched, whole and healthy and is tottering around cheeping encouragement at the remaining seven eggs.

So it looks like I'll be spending today with a cup of tea looming over the incubator cheeping encouragement too.


I don't recall signing up to be a farmer's wife...




6 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

Are they the eating or the laying variety?

CathM said...

How many are you expecting to hatch? ps Enjoyed reading the other stories... chicks hatch out cuties :)

Désirée said...

This is an experience that few kids living in a city experience today. Wow, I would love to see a hatch for real.

Louise said...

@Chairman Bill : the boys we'll pop in the freezer just as they reach puberty and start kicking up a stink. The girls will get a year or two of laying before we eat them as well.

@CathM: We started with about 16 eggs, of which 8 turned out to have been fertilised (our cockerel's not as young as he used to be). Right at this moment we have one healthy hatchling and four eggs with cracks. And the proverb "never count your chickens before they're hatched" is ringing around my head.

@Desiree : The first time AJ saw a chick come out of an egg he screamed and ran out of the room! They only start to look cute after a couple of days. But I do think it's a nice experience for them to see the birth. Certainly in the cities it's not possible to raise your own chicks, but it is possible in towns where there are gardens to have a couple of hens, and to buy fertilised eggs to put in an incubator (which could be shared among several families)...They're great for teaching kids responsibility and cooking with eggs at the same time!

Chairman Bill said...

Can't have them where we are - too many foxes.

ladyfi said...

Life is full of surprises.. and chicks.