It's a crazy chicken week here.
I set eggs at a preschool last week & will return on Mondays to visit / teach mini lessons. On Monday, we also locked down 20 test eggs - They somehow found their way into my incubator????? We already had 2 chicks hatch tonight (an EE and a Bielefelder male) and 10 pips. Looks like most will hatch tomorrow - day 21.
Today I set eggs at a second preschool classroom where I am teaching a park district class. On Tuesday I went in to set up the incubator & was told that I had 7 students, but an additional kid was likely going to join. Today I was handed a class list of 11!! I scrambled to gather a few more supplies. The class went well, we set some eggs, & I brought in a few hens. The topic was chicken anatomy. Most kids didn't know the difference between a chicken, hen, & rooster, so the kids learned a lot. Next week, we'll do egg activities.
Yesterday I sold most of the remaining orig test hatch chicks. I'm keeping some of the "80s hair band" (Appenzeller Spitzhauben), so they are moving to a cage inside the run tomorrow. Not a moment too soon because I need the brooder cleaned out for tomorrow's hatchlings.
Like I said, it's been a crazy chicken-themed week. This is what I need because my mom died 1 year ago today. We visited the cemetery this morning & I had a good cry. Next week is the anniv of the funeral & the day after that, her birthday. Keeping busy distracts me during this rough time. Yesterday Cuddles was acting off again. I brought her inside for a long session of chicken therapy. I think it helped both of us. Thank you to everyone here who has been praying for our family.
Here's a pic of my mom & I. Also a more recent one of my parents. We were close & talked daily. I miss her.