Sunday, April 24, 2011
Posted by Bill Reynolds at 12:01 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2011
You can read Trish's comments and see more photos of the new gosling on her blog.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
New life has come forward to the My Prairie Home farm. Back on March 22 2011, I started gathering eggs for hatching. At this time of the year my chicken had really shutdown their laying and a cold snap had made us aware the winter wasn't done with us. So, I gathered what I could and often so the cold wouldn't get to the egg. In many cases, I was reaching under the hen to gather her eggs she just layed. As I placed the few eggs I was able to gather into the incubator I would label with the day gathered and an X on the opposite side. Why the X? Well, each day required at least two rotation of the eggs, the train of thought is so the embryo doesn't stick to the shell and interferes with normal grow of the chick within and so the X is just an aid. After all the hen is doing the same thing many times as day. The temperature inside the incubator needs to about 101 degree and the humidity 50-60 percent during the 21-22 days of development. After a few days in the incubator I did my first check on the development of the embryo. It is called candling and one is looking for the embryo starting to show up as a shadow.
|Fifth in the group!|
Posted by Bill Reynolds at 10:44 AM
Saturday, April 2, 2011