A funny thing happened on the way to the brooder.
As you guys know, I am really happy with the way Bernie is handling the chickens…… but…
Today Mrs Oz arrived at the farm. Lots of dramas that essentially I bestowed upon my amazing wife.
· 180 (or something like that) chicken eggs, 18 duck eggs on day 19/20 in the incubator and the power was out
· The planned sad eggtopsy of the cotournix quail
· 20 Muscovy ducklings hatched 4 days ago under a broody with the second one hatching her ducklings any day.
The power was out for an hour and twenty minutes when she arrived. Ten minutes later the power came on, fans and lights in the bator came on and the temperature inside the bator was restored. The temp only had dropped to 95. That beast is well insulated and retained its heat well.
The Cotournix are trying to hatch – the spike in temps did some damage – it killed the initial early pippers but now we are on day 20 and we have eggs rocking. Two assisted hatchlings are in the bator warming and eggs are rocking. We have a drawn out hatch on our hands but may end up with Cotournix yet.
Mrs Oz went over to the bator house and found the brooder light on. Low and behold, there were 20 ducklings pooping in the brooder. We actually bought the trio of adult Muscovies off the family of one of our nannies. It appears that Azun had said that at her place, ants attack the ducklings and he needs to look after them for the first 6 weeks. Bernie, so keen to get every bird to adulthood, heeded her advice. Now, my perfectly clean brooder, needed for the anticipated onslaught of chicks, is now home to poopers that could be free ranging with their mother.
On top of all that – I just got a text from Mrs Oz. Two chickens have hatched! Its going to be a crazy day on the farm. The text finished with Yippy Kay Yay Mutha Hen I guess mrs Oz is happy