Another Incubator Adventure

There are eggs in the incubator again. It's round two. And this time, I am making sure the lid is locked down properly. I purchased 12 Dorking eggs because I'm still keen to have some Dorking hens in our flock. Then I had to decide how many and of who's eggs from our flock to…

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Pickle Gets in a Pickle But There Aren’t Any Pickles in The Garden Yet

Things have been plodding along slowly here while I've been recovering, but I'm doing a lot better now. Naturally, at least one chicken had to come up with some sort of illness too. Annie developed bumblefoot , then Pickle got in a pickle. She was looking sorry for herself and when she turned around I…

In Which a King Drops by

One day a loud thud indicated that a bird had flown into the living room window. My casual check out the window was met with the surprising sight of this: A kingfisher! Poor beautiful bird. It was a New Zealand kingfisher, also known as sacred kingfisher or kotare. We rarely see kingfishers around our parts,…

In Which The Incubator Gives us Some Chicks

The chick hatching trial run is complete. After much patience and checking through the windows, our first little incubator chick hatched last Saturday. Quite fittingly, it was one of the Australorps. A black one. The other two Australorps pipped (broke a small hole the shell) and followed suit the same day, but the three Dorking…