From Egg to Chick

My last year bantam started laying early this year so I decided to take advantage and try my hand at hatching some babies without a hen since my 8 year old brooding hen passed during the heat of the summer last year. I collected eggs for 2 weeks and started with 14 eggs in the incubator. And by the way when you turn and tend eggs three times a day for twenty-one days you get a little attached to what ever is growing inside the eggs. Two power outages and twenty-one days later this is what I found when getting ready to turn the eggs…….

From Egg to Chick
From Egg to Chick
You can hear the little chick peeping while still in the egg.
You can hear the little chick peeping while still in the egg.
This is a different kind of Zip Line. Once the baby chick has pecked around the egg, he pushes the egg apart with his feet.
This is a different kind of Zip Line. Once the baby chick has pecked around the egg, he pushes the egg apart with his feet.
HELLO OUT THERE!
HELLO OUT THERE!
He! What's going on in there?
Hey! What’s going on in there?
Somebody get the hair dryer!!!!
Somebody get the hair dryer!!!!

Never Bored

Okay, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything and I’m sorry for being so scattered. There’s no excuse for getting so sidetracked. I do have more photos of the room we added and probably thousands of photos of plants, landscapes, clouds and country living photos I could share but my husband is sleeping beside me and my best photos are on the computer and I’m on my trusty Kindle Fire HD.

Today I canned 18 pints of green beans from my heirloom, organic garden. I do stay quite busy and some days I look up and wonder where the day has gone. I have peppers and cucumbers to pickle. I was in California for 6 days and my squash simply disappeared. I have okra, tomatoes and bell peppers coming on. My potatoes are doing well. I made potato salad from new potatoes yesterday, so see I do stay busy.

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This is Dovey with her chicks from last year.

I hatched out 9 baby bantam chicks from the incubator four weeks ago and they are growing fast. I don’t raise chickens for meat. I could never harm one of those little birds. I raise them for eggs and fertilizer for my garden.