My kitties are loving this too, although, they were enjoying getting over the fence with ease where the drifts were high enough they could just hop over, and chasing each other all over the place. You would think both of mine were still kittens. I need to deworm them again, Jerome is feeling too heavy in the belly these days. Mila is still a petite enough girl though. I felt bad when one jumped through the steps to the brooder house the other day and I stepped on its paw. It should teach them to stay out from under my feet, I guess. I am sure he forgave me though, he still insists I pick him up and give him a snuggle every day when I go out.
My hatcher is making a lot of peep peeping sounds tonight. The last I checked, about a third of them were out and just about everyone else was pipped. My workload is increasing. I am setting more eggs tonight, just waiting for a few to dry off first before they go in. Yes, I wash my eggs before setting. I have heard all that about washing off the bloom. I have been doing it this way for 6 years and even used to dip in a bleach solution as per the State recommendation, and I found out it doesn't matter as far as hatching goes. What I don't like is the smell of moist chicken poop in my house, so I wash them. Most just need a quick rinse, but others need a good washing where another egg got broken in the nest or someone decided to roost on the edge of the nest box. Right now need to clean from where this damp and thawing has caused things to get messy again, so some of the eggs that get laid in corners instead of the box are getting a bit dirty too. I wish I could use the lawn tractor and wagon for the cleaning, but it is too wet and mushy so a wheelbarrow it is. Yuck.