Ralph I'm very aware of that. Armadillos and humans are the only two species that can carry leprosy but we don't go around fearing humans. There are about 100 cases of leprosy reported a year in the US, and it is a curable disease, not like what they used to believe. It can only be contracted from contact with nose and mouth exudes. I sure don't plan to be touching their mouths. I handled gobs of armadillos when I lived in Oklahoma and no diseases yet. It's fair to be conscious of something like this but I certainly not afraid of it. Like I don't fear dogs and cats and rodents because they can carry rabies... unless they are acting agressive. Then I will respect their differences.
The reasons armadillos get a bad rap is because they burrow and uproot plants. I'd love to put them in a lot I have that is nothing but pig weed, Johnson grass, and Queen Anne's lace!!!
I've had several of my Araucana go broody but they really aren't great at hatching. They can be so obsessed when they get the idea in their mind. I'd let her sit on the golf balls or some eggs you don't care about and then replace the eggs about the time they pip. If she finishes hatching them she'll think their hers for sure.
I'm giving a couple of duck eggs that are close to hatch to a friend to put under her call duck. Her eggs are rotten. At least she'll have something to mother.
It sure seems early in the year to see armadillos in this area. They have been moving gradually north for several years, but I haven't seen them this early or that far north that I can remember.
I think I'll move the eggs to the incubator when it stabilizes later today. I set it up Tuesday and ran it for 24 hours or so and so I know it is running the right temps. Maybe I'll put some of the orp eggs in there and try again. I'd like a few more of them in the Orp run. They are egg laying machines. And a full incubator is more stable, right? ARRRRGGGGGHHHH. Chicken math strikes again.