@@Jessimom I wish they had all hatched well, but congratulations on the ones that made it.
I sold my hens to people who knew would be carriers and promised they just wanted eggs and would not breed and spread it. I culled a hen and the two roosters including my beautiful Lavender Orpington because I couldn't trust that someone would not breed the Lavenders given what they sell for.
I only kept a group of seven chicks from Christmas and six from January that were never out with the others, and that I changed and washed before doing anything with them. The Christmas chicks went out Sunday to my mobile coop that has been unused since October. I have been working hard to get it fully enclosed with hardware cloth. I only have a small gap left above the door that needs the current wire covered to do tomorrow.
I am getting a bunch of new chicks tomorrow from a hatchery that ship today, and I have eggs in the incubator. The first group went on lockdown today.
The rebuilding begins. No eggs till the Christmas chicks start.
My Incuview arrived! I can't wait to play with it and get it up and running! Just in time, too, because I saw my new tom mating with my Sweetgrass hen, so I think she might start to lay eggs soon.
In the meantime, I am running a practice batch of chicken eggs in a styrofoam cooler-bator I made over the weekend. (I didn't want to run a test hatch in the Incuview, and then have it occupied when the turkey eggs are ready.) Plus I was kind of curious to see if I could make a diy that really works, so I just did it.
Warning: Brownie recipie! Look at your own risk...! (Click to show)
Makes 9-12 brownies
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa
In a bowl, beat sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Add butter, beat until blended. Combine flour and cocoa in seperate bowl, than gradually add to sugar mixture. Mix well. Transfer to microwave safe 8 inch dish. Microwave uncovered on high for 3-4 minutes, or until brownie sticks to your finger when touched.
Note: very good when made gluten-free also.
Edited by BantyChooks - 3/1/16 at 12:13pm