Well I have been having a time with the incubators and lost the first 2 batches due to temp spikes so when I saw my 10 mo. old silki sitting on her egg I stuck eggs under her that had been laid the same day. We had a cold spell for 2 days and one night it dropped into the upper 20's. I did not expect to see what I saw this morning.
My 5 year old granddaughter and I happened to walk out the basement door to see momma silki out of the dog. carrier and these three beauties with her. I am sooooo excited. This girl is a keeper! So this might be my only hatch for April but I have more in the incubator and 3 more under momma silki.
And the sun is OUT!!!! Wow, My #TheSunWillComeOutUmmmNowWouldBeGood sure did work fast. I don't know how long it we will have sunshine but all the creatures seem to be enjoying it. Birds are chirping, deer are roaming, dogs are barking, bees are on my trees, chickens are in clean run and my cat is in the window. Let the Vitamin D be absorbed!
Also, I just found out that I will be receiving 6 Spitzhauben tomorrow in the mail from a "wait list" I was apparently on that I didn't remember. Good thing my brooder can be compartmentalized as I have 13 2wk olds in there, and tomorrow 6 (likely 15 with extras knowing my luck) day olds and ducks in 10 days... Ummmm, how did I go over 30 chickens again?!
awesome!!! cant wait to see the spitz? silvers??
For those of us in the Southern part of the US -
I hope everyone is safe and somewhat dry. The theme song at my house since Sunday has been "And The Thunder Rolls" by Garth Brooks. And even though house house seems to me covered up with rain we keep Houston and all those in effected floods in our thoughts and prayers.
It is so wet here my chicken run was covered in mold. YEP, MOLD, AND TONS OF IT. Thank goodness that my flock has been indoors, dry and safe, in there coop during all these storms and wet weather and not hanging out with the fuzzy, gross mold. Last night, between showers, I was shoveling and removing the entire top layer of soil throughout the entire run, even the areas that were fine. Needless to say, even thought I was TOTALLY grossed out after much reading I saw this is common when food gets wet. And, that is what happened. My hens are apparently more messy that I realized. What I thought was dust was also a lot of food. We will be building "spill less" feeders if it ever stops raining.
Although this story is GROSS and EMBARRASSING I thought it might be good to share since a good portion of the country is under "wet conditions". I have been in Texas less that 12 months and this is apparently the wettest it has been. The creek in our backyard has over a foot of water in it, I have MANY buckets and bowls collecting water in our warehouse, our koi pond is almost overflowing, a portion of our driveway will need to be re-graveled and I am getting every pennies worth out of my "Mucking Boots". All this and I am NOT in a flood zone!
Stay drive Southerners. #TheSunWillComeOutUmmmNowWouldBeGood
I use lime when it gets to that point. It can be very wet and humid in middle Tennessee. Put on a mask, get the chickens out, put the lime down, cover it up with something dry, like sand or rocks. It will take that terrible smell out and kill all your mold. Be very careful putting it down though. The ground will be more alkaline. Gardeners have used lime for centuries to "sweeten" the soil.
Prayers for the great state of Texas. It makes me remember our own terrible flood and the loss of lives.
interesting!!! thanks for this post!!
Speaking of updates: 8/11 ducklings hatched. Today is day 28 and no sign of the other 3 pipping as of this morning. Lost 1 duckling (the sticky-duck I think) leaving me with 7 cutey-pies.
My chicken eggs were locked down yesterday evening. I have 1 aloha egg, 4 golden-laced wyandotte eggs, 4 buff orpington eggs, and 10 crested cream legbar eggs in that group. Hope to see peepers soon!
congrats on the duckies!! good luck with the rest!!
I started in college when my oldest kids were little way back in 95' I only went part time and took a lot of long breaks between semesters. Finally finishing my degree May 14th I graduate.. I keep telling my hubby and kids they should buy me some hatching eggs for a graduation present ;) Plus May is mothers day
Congrats on the degree!
x2 awesome!!! PARTY TIME!!!!
Well i too thought i heard peeping at work today! Oh wait...I did!!! Post office called and I ran to pick up my babies that arrived from TN. I was afraid they were too cold as here in Texas last night and this morning it was in the 40s and 50s. I brought them to the hospital (i am a nurse)gave them water and stowed them away in the bosses office who happened to be off today 😂 and I made them a heat pack with a biohazard bag and hot solidifier. They drank and got quiet. Ate really good when I got home. 1 didnt survive the trip a tiny splash isbar. Another splash doesnt look to good. I have her in a brood box by herself her wing is droopy and she is having a hard time standing. Not sure if she is just weak or if she might have a broken leg or wing.
I am so grateful the PO called and were able to provide life support for them. It was 85 when they left TN. I laid awake last night thinking about those little girls. Hoping the injured one recovers well.
awwww poor baby glad she is showing a bit of improvement