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Spring Heavy Breed Plans

Well… people are loving the eggs and supply isn’t really meeting demand so I guess that means I got a few slots to fill this Spring! Yay! So here’s what I am going to do. First I am going to see if anyone wants the Orpingtons. They’re very large birds so they eat a LOT… Continue reading Spring Heavy Breed Plans

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Serama Personalities Clash

Well again, none of Henny Penny’s eggs hatched. All 30+ were infertile. I have been told I might want to switch her with another rooster. Maybe Titus isn’t doing his job or is older than the hills. I am considering it but in the meanwhile Henny Penny has shown more interest in motherhood than she… Continue reading Serama Personalities Clash

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Non-Lethal Predator Control

Our chicken coop is like a little Fort Knox. It locks up at night and during the day my Pit Bull Pepper often runs around making sure no one’s bothering her chickens. In the end though we live in a very predator infested area and my dog is indeed a pet so she comes in… Continue reading Non-Lethal Predator Control

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It’s Alive!

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Here is the beating heart inside an 8 day old chicken egg. Look a little to the right of the center. You’ll see a little black thing – that’s the heart – it will move.

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It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

I collected a baker’s dozen of eggs before I had to home Fredo the rooster. I put them in the incubator for two reasons. For one I felt it would be a waste of opportunity not to try this seeing as I can’t really have fully grown heavy breed roosters in my neighborhood. The second reason was more complex. I wanted to know if I could even hatch them in the first place. If I could this would mean my incubation skills are not what is at fault with my failure to hatch my one Serama hen’s eggs.

Today I candled the big eggs. They have been in the incubator for eight days. I can see veins in them and a beating heart. It’s amazing. I sat there staring at one for quite a awhile just in awe that there was something so alive and vibrant in what seems such an ordinary inanimate object. I am trying to figure out how to make a video of this. If I manage I’ll post it! In the meanwhile I candled a few random Serama eggs which have been in the incubator for 18 days. Although there does appear to be something in them I can’t for certain say that they’re alive. I see a big mass but no veins, no heartbeat, no movement at all. I wonder if they died early on in their development. I will wait until they are 23 days old to be sure they’re dead, at which point I’ll be cracking them open to see what happened and when. It is possible that there is something in therm and they will hatch…. maybe they’re just too damn small to see much detail! I am not ruling anything out for now but I haven’t heard any peeping so I have to say I am airing on the side of pessimism right now.

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Godzilla Egg, Gender Confusion, and Other Updates

First off I must say that Fredo the Dark Brahma rooster found a nice home on a farm with 70 new girlfriends. After he’s done servicing them there’s a Dark Brahma flock that wanted him as their head. He’s going to be one busy rooster! Secondly Mighty the Serama rooster found a home as well… Continue reading Godzilla Egg, Gender Confusion, and Other Updates

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Candling Photos

I figured out a way to both take photos and candle the eggs with a cell phone – borrow my boyfriend’s cell phone and use both! It worked… Here is a Serama egg that I believe is a dud. As you can see there doesn’t appear to be much in it. I guess eggs aren’t… Continue reading Candling Photos

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Candeling Eggs Again

Well, I have to get rid of my Dark Brahma rooster as he’s started to crow – really loudly. I don’t think my neighbors would have much patience for this and I don’t want to get into trouble since I don’t believe I am zoned for roosters to begin with. In any event he’ll probably… Continue reading Candeling Eggs Again