28 October 2009

Here Goes Nothing

I've decided to let the broody Buff Orpington hen try her hand at actually hatching some eggs. Thanks to those of you who left comments; although all three of you live in more temperate climates than MI, your sentiments reinforced my own inclination.

I gave her a dozen, as I'm uncertain how many of these are fertile. We have multiple roosters, and they're not shy about doing their thing, but they have a lot of hens to cover. Anyway, I went through the 14 eggs that had been sitting at room temperature overnight, and removed the two that were cracked.

Check back in 21 days to see what actually comes of this experiment. Given that she's made the nest in a 40 gallon tub, it should be easy for her to keep the hatchlings together and keep them warm --- and for me to provide supplemental water/feed for them.

What fun is a farm if you never try crazy things?


Rachel said...

Ours decided that a rubbermaid tote box was her nest of choice. We moved it into the chicken coop, and then into the "little chick" coop (a small scale chicken tractor that we use as a chick coop, and a hospital when needed). She doesn't seem to mind the double enclosure, and this way the geese cannot bother her.


TYF said...

Rachel, that's a great point about using a chicken tractor for brooding chicks in the barn. Reminds me that all our tractors are still sitting out in the garden, and need to be brought into the barn for the winter. If Henny Penny does successfully hatch out her brood, I will move them to one of those tractors.