We got that heat wave today--just got to 40 degrees! It was nice, but not enough to melt off all this snow.
I had a couple surprises today! We went out to get chicken feed, and when I was getting ready to unload it here at home, I noticed the chickens were freaked out, especially Umru who was out in the chicken yard. Upon going over there to check things out, I found a young opossum in Umru's shelter, eating all his food!
I'm concerned it may have a nest under the coop, as it vanished under there before we could do anything about it. The live trap is going out tonight and hopefully the problem will be taken care of.
Then, I checked on the incubator and was shocked to see that the thermometer by the eggs was reading 10 degrees lower than it should have! I was just about to crank the heat up on it when I noticed that the thermometer that is attached to the top of the incubator was still reading what it should have. I was lucky to have noticed that before cranking the heat up, because as it turned out, one of the 'heat sinks' I put in the incubator to help stabilize its temps was leaking water onto the thermometer by the eggs, and the water evaporating off of it was causing it to read lower than the actual temp in there! Had I turned the heat up, I would have most likely killed all the eggs by overheating them!
Everything is looking spot on now that I've moved things around.
I will hopefully get pictures of the girls tomorrow, as I just realized I forgot to take the youngsters' 7-month pictures on the 16th! I'd go take them now, but the girls are getting ready for bed already. Oh, and tomorrow is also day 7 on the eggs, so I will be candling them for real and possibly taking pictures of them, too!
Can't wait to see how these babies are doing!!
Anyway--gotta get the coops closed for the night! Especially if a opossum is hanging around!