Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Countdown to Baby Chicks Begins...NOW!

On February 11th we are due to have baby chicks breaking out of their shells! Yep, the incubator is loaded (41 eggs) and they are due to hatch out that day ...or the next.

This is the first time I have used the incubator. I did research on whether or not you should wash the eggs first. The shells are very porous and absorb bacteria quite easily. There is also a coating that is all part of the egg laying process called a cuticle. Many countries residents believe that eggs will spoil once that cuticle has been washed off, which is why you might see eggs in other lands that still have a bit of chicken poop on them. I decided to follow the advice of the University of Mississippi Agriculture department and NOT wash them. We shall see!

The goal is to raise chickens that:
-are resistant to Marek's disease
-lay green or blue colored eggs (I have both the male and female of the colored egg laying breed, Ameraucana)
-we don't have to buy!

It has been a long day and I need to go to bed and dream of chicks. I will keep y'all informed!


Blogger brooklyntart said...

An expectant mother once again ... how exciting! I just read somewhere that if a baby bird has assistance cracking out of its egg, it will die. How brilliant that nature ensures it will have the tools to survive once it can take its first breaths on its own. Fascinating! Good luck with all the hatchings in the next couple weeks!

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