Okay Lisa, just got back from Duchesne and we have 22 eggs for you. The broody up there hasn't hatched her eggs yet, but she is hissing at anything that comes near her. I put a feed container with chick feed in it right where she could reach and caught her stretching her neck to get at it some, so at least she can eat without having to get up off her nest. Hopefully hers will start hatching this weekend.
In the meantime, I have 2 pips in the incubator, over a day early (as usual for the BLRW's!). I think they will likely hatch tonight while I am at work, then the others will start popping out like popcorn. After that, my incubator will be EMPTY for the first time since I got it (my son just read that and made a shocked noise!) I have so many chicks and juveniles here that I have to wait until the new coop is finished and some of them moved up to Duchesne before I can hatch any more! Sad, but true. Look at me, being all practical--how did THAT happen??
We had to cull one of the BLRW chicks this afternoon. Pulled it out of the brooder last night because it appeared to have some kind of injury that threw it's balance off badly. Couldn't see anything on it, but it was definitely a neuro kind of injury. I believe it might have gotten stampeded by the other chicks. In any case, by this morning, it had fought so hard trying to get back on it's feet that it had caught a talon in it's neck and ripped the neck open. No saving that, I'm afraid. Poor little critter. Blood all over it's brooder from the laceration. Very sad--it was a very pretty blue, too.
Everyone else looks healthy and happy and the boys cleaned the brooder room this afternoon. The Cream legbars are very perky and waiting for their ride home tomorrow night.