At 9.37 this morning we passed that magic moment when our noxes were equal and signalled the time to think about new life.
Our main hen flock now has a good mixture of varieties
This year we decided to be more organised in two respects. Firstly, after suffering brought in diseases, we will not buy any more hens from outside. Secondly, we agreed to do all our hatching in one cohort. We have sometimes in the past been in the situation of looking after newly hatched chicks, older ones still needing a heat lamp and pullets too young to join the main flock – all at the same time, needing lots of different accommodations.
So after making a draught proof corner of the sitting room
we set off 28 eggs on a 21 day journey
We bought half a dozen Blue Splash French Maran – like this
half a dozen Cuckoo Maran – a bit like this
Also six Australorp. This is Honey currently our only Australorp – she is twice as big as some of the hens and occupies top position
and also used some of our own eggs
with a couple of miscellaneous thrown in for good measure.
Here’s hoping for as few males as possible…