Baby chicks are due to hatch this Sunday (March 23). There are 41 eggs in the incubator, and one turkey egg, but that was due to an intoxicated, "Oh why the hell not?" moment when I felt the need to put the very first egg the turkey hen laid into the incubator. And because I had one spot open in there, staring at me blankly. (It holds 42 eggs).
This week and next, I will set aside the turkey's eggs, in the hope of collecting at least 6 to incubate. I can only assume that between her and the two males, they have figured out what they should be "doing" and that these eggs will be fertile and hatch out. The plan is to put them into the incubator on March 30th, incubate for 28 days and with any luck end up with come baby turkeys on April 26th. If it ends up being that I have any males from that clutch, they would be ready to butcher and freeze the first week of November. It (they?) would be the first Mon Abri Farm born, and raised, Thanksgiving Turkey(s). How freakin' awesome would that be! But we'll see...
Nothing new to tell about Chiba. She still looks pregnant (or fat?), and yet shows no signs of any babies on the horizon. As I've said before, I've given up on her for this spring. Maybe next year.
Things are thawing now. I hope you all have a warm(er) day. ~A
|The "Fishin' Hole"|
|The chickens are finally making their way out into the pastures|
|I wonder what they see? Spring, hopefully...|