Don’t Look and I’ll Hatch

Don’t Look and I’ll Hatch

My chicks and I don’t seem to be on the same page. I wanted to see them hatch and it seemed that they didn’t want me to. I locked down the incubator on Thursday, October 1st, the 18th day of incubation. There were two eggs in the incubator. I was concerned about one of them because it seemed weaker than the other when I candled them just before lockdown. On Friday morning, the first thing I did was check the…

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Day 12 Candling

Day 12 Candling

The Serama eggs are doing well in the incubator. I will be locking it down after tomorrow. The photo above is what one of the eggs looked like on day 12 when I candled them. I apologize that it isn’t the best photo, I didn’t want to keep the egg out too long trying to get a great shot, but you can see what the blood vessels look like inside, the air sac on the bottom, and there is also…

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Poptart’s Egg Issue

Poptart’s Egg Issue

My hens kept me on my toes last week. I went into the coop last Wednesday and I noticed there was what looked like bloody poop below the roosting bars. I wasn’t entirely sure that once of them didn’t just eat something that made it look like that so I kept an eye on all of them. They all looked and acted fine. The next morning, I noticed the same thing. I wondered if maybe they had Coccidiosis so I…

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Candling – Day 8

Candling – Day 8

I’d never candled eggs before so I wasn’t sure what I would be able to see on day 4 when I candled my 16 Serama eggs. I watched a video beforehand and looked at the little pictures on the instructions that came with my candler. The only thing I knew was that I was looking for a little black dot and some spider vein looking blood vessels around it. On day 4, I saw two with black dots and spider…

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Serama Eggs – Arrival

Serama Eggs – Arrival

My chickens teach me things all the time. Now I need my broody hen who is sitting on the nest, in the coop outside, to teach me how to be a good mother hen. I’m obviously not going to sit on the eggs as she does but watching her has taught me how I need to view the hatching process. I’ve never hatched eggs before so I plan to write about the process and the progress as I go along….

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Final Housing

Final Housing

As I explained in this post about my first coop mistakes, I began to search for a coop once again. I had decided that I wanted a regular coop similar to the barn style Amish type coops and I would attach a run to that. I looked around at various different coops that were made really well but the price point on them was a sticky point. One day I found one advertised that was not nearly as expensive as…

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Omelet Eglu Cube Review

Omelet Eglu Cube Review

If you’ve been reading along you already know why I didn’t buy a boxed wooden coop. In this post I’ll share why I chose the Large Omelet Eglu Cube as my first coop and my experience with that. While researching coops, I wanted something that was easy to clean and maintain. A coop that was predator proof and large enough to hold my three Buff Orpingtons. I wanted something that would last for years and keep my chickens safe and…

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Choosing a Coop

Choosing a Coop

Cute chicks are cheap. Chicken feed is very inexpensive for a few chickens, and it’s easy to think about how having chickens will save you money on buying eggs. I learned very quickly that what was not cheap is having proper housing for chickens. It’s quite costly and it will take years to recoup in the cost in terms of how much you’re saving on eggs. When I left the store, on the day that I brought my first chicks…

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Chicken Math is Real

Chicken Math is Real

Before I got chickens, I had read about chicken math. It’s a strange and unexpected phenomenon that frequently happens to chicken keepers. It goes something like this. First chicken keepers get a few chickens, then they get a few more, they need to expand their coop, maybe get several coops and perhaps even get a completely different species to add to their flock. What happens once afflicted by chicken math is chicken keepers eventually lose their ability to count, certain…

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Tripling Trio

Tripling Trio

In March of 2019, I decided to get some chickens. I thought it would be fun and having eggs would be nice. I went to the local Tractor Supply to buy a few chicks. Tractor Supply has a minimum of six I bought 6 Buff Orpington Pullets that were less than a week old. I only wanted three chicks so a friend came by and took the other three a couple of weeks later. At that point I was sure…

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