We've now come full swing into the holiday season. Thanksgiving was last Thursday and Christmas is fast approaching. The temperature is dropping, snow is threatening to fall, and a mad dash to buy everyone gifts has begun. What better than to hatch chicks at this time of year?
I said I was done hatching for the year and I really thought I was. But then I picked up a gorgeous new Ayam Cemani cockerel.
I promptly put him over my hens and let him go to work. Even then, I wasn't planning on hatching. I already have some juvenile ACs in my workshop along with a batch of brown split to Isabelle leghorn chicks and I really don't need more young birds.
But then the girls started laying. I checked eggs for fertility and started selling them as possibly pure mixed eggs since they had been out free ranging with the rest of the birds at a low price. But they slowed down and laid six eggs, not enough to fill an order, and then stopped again. They sat languishing in an egg carton for nearly two weeks before I just couldn't bear it any longer. They went into the incubator Thanksgiving night. So if all goes well I will have some chicks hatching a week before Christmas. Just what I need to complicate the holidays!