My internal clock goes off between 4 and 5 most days. I worked evenings and midnights most of my life. I hated it. I love seeing the sunrise. The only time I saw it back then was before going to bed.
They almost never hatch out of a big shell either. Twinning is a death sentence in egg layers.
I'm not holding my breath for grandchildren. My 2 kids (in their upper 20s) are following in their ancestors footsteps. Child rearing late in life or not at all. My daughter declared about 10 years ago that she would never have children. She may now be softening on that point of view.
At least we don't contribute to overpopulation.
I didn't know you had eggs cooking in the incubator.
If they're under a broody hen, you're a bad chicken dad.
I checked yesterday and the late April frost killed all of my fruit. Apples, pears, peaches, apricots and plums are all gone.
A roll of remesh can be cut into 10' lengths and make a hoop pen 8' wide and 120' long. Or some combination thereof.
You could have thrown the last 2 eggs in an incubator, just in case. They will certainly abandon a nest a couple days after the first hatch.
Chicken, turkey, beef, pork, fish, etc.
They really avoid anything they've never seen or seen another chicken eat.
This place sells dried ones by the pound with free shipping.
Better yet, buy several thousand and then raise your own. They're really easy to raise. The warmer they are, the faster they reproduce.
You can raise crickets too. They're fairly easy but can be noisy.
I grew up with the best of both worlds. A house in the city with all its amenities, a conveniently located suburban farm and a farm in the remote St. Francois Mountains where the closest neighbor was miles down the dirt road.
I think my kids appreciate both having spent all our free time in the woods and on rivers. However, my daughter lives in a 200 year old neighborhood in the city with lots of nightlife and work opportunities.
My eggs set last sunday took a temp spike (106F) the first day. I hope that didn't kill them. I caught them at 103 yesterday.
15 days and 15 hours to go.
I want to be in high mountains closer to the Equator. My perfect place would have no need for heat or air conditioning. Cool nights and mild days year round and no bugs (flies/mosquitos)
I'm no longer big on crowds. But I do brave them for the farmer's market. I'm going today. I think I'll pick up some goat meat.