- Sep 30, 2014
I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to join. I've been an admirer of this forum for awhile and have recently found it to be of great help as we hatched out our first babies last month. We've raised ducks and chickens for a number of years (for eggs and as pets) and got our first turkeys about 18 months ago (long story behind them not being eaten last winter haha). We have always gotten our peeps as day old hatchlings in the spring, doing the Easter Peeps routine with the kids when they were very young and Birthday Peeps for our older daughter's March birthday. She has been the driving force behind replacing birds over the years and early on earned the title The Duck Whisperer. None of our birds have ever been broody until this summer. Suddenly, we had broody hens, a broody duck, and a broody (but confused) BBW turkey. What the heck? We needed good advice about incubators, letting nature take it's course, and other seeds of wisdom. We found the answers to all our questions here--along with hours of delightful reading in so many threads. With the help of BYC, we now have nine happy and healthy chicks (four of which were in a Secret Nest that my older daughter found about a week ago), two adorable ducklings, and two Impossible Poults (Mrs. T is BBW and Mr. T is BBB so we didn't expect this). We had another handful of turkey eggs in the incubator, but it looks like they stopped developing. Of the nine we checked today (day 24) five obviously stopped, two are iffy and two more we're unsure about. I guess we'll see this weekend. Anyway, hello, hello to all you lovely folks who have already been of such great help to people you didn't even know were reading.