Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Welcome to the coop!

I've been bullied asked to blog more about my wonderful flock of feathered babies so here it goes!

The Chicken Diaries have been hatched :-)

I'll still post lots of fun chicken stuff in my daily blog but will copy the posts here for those who only want to read about cocks (and hens - he he) plus you'll find lots of tidbits here not posted anywhere else. Deal? OK!

If all goes well, in less than three weeks I'll be posting pics of newborn chicks - you won't want to miss that! I set 35 eggs in the incubator a few days ago, not sure how many are fertile or will hatch into sweet babies though... It's tough to regulate temps & humidity in this terrible summer weather, good lord we're not deep in Florida swamplands yet!! Uggghh!

*crossing fingers, toes, wings, everything*

Oh, a bit of a fun fact for you chicken newbies. Want to know if the egg you're eating is fertile or not? Look for the bullseye!

Here is an infertile egg, you only see a white dot on the yolk:

A fertile eye will show a ring around the dot,
like a donut or a bullseye:

You can see it better on this yolk:

Fertilized eggs do not taste any different to infertile ones, and do not spontaneously develop into chicks - no worries! It takes 21 days of certain temps & humidity & turning for that to happen, it's not as easy as it sounds.

Still kinda gross, eh? LOL!

Hey! Ho! Time to tend to the flocks - they do clamor for their treats of fresh bread! - so more coop drahma and lots of cool photos to follow... Stay tuned!

PS: Will you be the first to comment? Or the first to officially follow this blog? hmmm!

-Technodoll aka Mother Hen