Hi. I have recently been named "the crazy chicken lady" by my younger sister. I began my incubating addiction on March 2nd. So one hatch down and I am indeed obsessed. I tried the DIY incubator in an aquarium not expecting much but thought me and the kids would have fun. I sat 12 of my barnyard mix eggs because my Roo love his ladies and we knew they were fertile and free of course. Right on time day 21 we hatched wonderfully: beginning while I was at work of course. 9 of 12 hatched without a hitch. One didn't have the strength the zip. I helped a little but decided survival of the fittest was the best option. He got out but didn't absorbe ask his yolk sack. Poor thing didn't make it but a couple of days. Out of curiosity I had hubby crack the other two and they both were fully developed but didn't hatch. Not sure why but again survival of the fittest. My 9 are growing like crazy and I was so thrilled that I am ready to go again.
A local lady is selling Easter Egger and Silkie hatching eggs. I'm doing so revamping on the aquarium incubator and I fully intend to set a dozen locally purchased eggs ASAP.
Oh did I mention I made hubby build my 3rd coop the day before Easter. He was sooooo happy. I love that man.
My current flock is decided into two parts. Flock 1 is 4 Rhode Island reds, 2 barred rocks, 1 black star hen (little bitty), and a black star Roo (who my daughter hates and reminds that he will taste very good one day). Flock 2 is just beginning with 2 buff orpingtons (Buffy & Bridget) they are the sweetest girls in the world. I tried and tried to put them with the others but they are too laid back and it didn't work. So chicken coops began to mulitiply. I've had meat birds too (Cornish X) by accident of someone at tractor supply mislabeling. That was fun! Not doing that again anytime soon. LOL
So here is to the insanity. Chicken math 2+2=100
I'm an incubation addict and I'm not afraid to admit it!