Sunday, 11 May 2014

21 eggs in the incubator

This is the incubator a friend lent us recently and on Friday we put it to use. We had 9 eggs from the cream legbar hens we hatched ourselves last year. These hens are no longer ours. They belong to another friend but he gave us the eggs to replace the ones he gave us 3 weeks ago which went into our small incubator. They then fell victim to a power failure which left our village without electricity for over two hours a week ago. Though we are keeping those eggs going, we are not very confident they will hatch.

The big incubator also has a batch of eggs we bought from Durham Hens. 5 are Barnevelder which lay lovely dark brown eggs. 7 are exchequer leghorns which lay white eggs. The eggs are due to hatch at the end of May.

If the 1st batch of cream legbar eggs did survive the power failure, they are due to hatch on Tuesday. I'm not holding my breath.

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