In Which a Powercut Threatens The Incubator Hatch

The eggs were in the incubator in lockdown mode. It was late on Sunday afternoon. Day 19 was drawing to a close. We arrived home to find that there was a powercut and I immediately ran to check the incubator. The temperature had dropped to 36degC. I rushed to get towels and wool blankets to…

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Who’s Your Daddy?

We have chicks! Frodo hatched 10 out of the 13 eggs she was sitting on. The first ones hatched overnight on Sunday. Of the three that didn't hatch, two (one Frodo one and one Tiggywinkle one) had gone bad earlier on (it's hard to tell with darker shells sometimes) and one (a Frodo one) just…

A Pro-con List: Rory or Paris?

I decided to only keep one of the Australorp-Wyandotte crossbred hens, Rory or Paris, to make space for the purebreds. They are full sisters, daughters of the late Mr Bingley and the late silver laced Lorelai. They are the last of Mr Bingley's offspring. They have both proved useful in going broody and raising chicks.…

Crazy Chickens

Here's what the hens have been up to. Paris has got chicks again. She went broody at just the right time to end up with some of the eggs from the incubator for the short lockdown stint. She has five little fluffballs, who all seem to be doing well. Four are her own and one…