The other day we reckoned we had eight different locations containing hens/ducks/eggs – and that wasn’t counting the ones that only served as day or night quarters.
This is partly a result of having low hatch rates from our incubator batches this year and, infuriatingly, we don’t know why. We have processed bought in hatching eggs, duck and hen, from different sources. We have used our own eggs. We have done weight-loss graphs to monitor humidity. We have assisted hatching chicks/ducklings. We have resisted assisting hatching chicks/ducklings.
It is only a few days since these three were equally new
But since then they have been expanding their horizons
until they think they are on top of things
Will they show empathy towards their new companions?
Solo, of course, needed emergency companion therapy and now thinks he is a Muscovy
Beguiled by those arrivals, before they started developing the first signs of their bizarre adult form, we now have six eggs of their breed in the incubator.
Solo was part of our project to enlarge our laying Cayuga flock. The previous hatchings had produced two and then three successes, which now – due to an excess of drakes, have been reduced to a combined group of three