Yesterday we got 2 eggs from the chickens for the first time in months. And, one was brown- you know what that means – one of the RI reds are laying. How exciting. They are only 3 and 1/2 months old. Is that even possible? I don’t know, but no one else is a brown egg layer, that I know of.
We finally got a light going too, comes on an hour before sunrise and 2 hours after sunset. We hope that helps some with egg production. All of the eggs have been going into the incubator. We now have 7 in there. The first one that we put in on Jan 30th is growing the best. You can see the chick and the eye and its moving all around- it is really amazing. Every morning (and most nights too) we candle it and see the changes, which are on a daily basis. What a great learning experience for the kids (and adults too). I just hope we have good luck after they have hatched. The couple people I have talked to about hatching eggs have told me many of the chicks don’t make it. We have tried to take our own pictures, but our camera takes terrible pictures in the dark. But in looking for some pictures I found this site. http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/Embryology/ They have information, pictures and video on hatching and candling and just about anything else you can think of. They have an egg cam, and they even have a facebook page!
If you have some information to share about hatching, I’d love to hear it as we are new to this!