Saturday, 6 June 2009

Decision Made - Eggs Set

Thanks for the comments as to which course of action I should take re. my turkey eggs. Especially thanks to Donnie for suggesting I get some call ducks! For a few years we had Indian runners - and they used to (run, that is!), and now we have Aylesburys which are slower but noisier.
Back to the subject in hand - when I was out feeding the hens this morning there was a light sussex in the guinea fowl nestbox and it occurred to me that she had not been in the main henhouse for quite a number of mornings. She raised three chicks last year very successfully and at the time we wished we had had some turkey eggs to put under her as she is quite wide and feathery. Also she is relatively even tempered even when broody. So she is now sitting on three bourbon reds and three norfolk blacks. The buff orp is too much of a ladette to be brooding anything except maybe a bacardi breezer, so we discounted her. So it is the bantam who has the other six. We will keep an eye on them to check that they are sitting ok as we seem to have so many cluckies at the moment that we can afford to shuffle them round till we find the right match.
So, taking tomorrow as day 1, hatch date should be 4th July. (Could this be a film title - "Hatched on the 4th July???)
Am now going to shut up about it for the next 28 days - a watched pot never boils, and a watched egg never hatches. If we get a 30% hatch from the eggs, I will not be disatisfied since they do deteriorate as they come through the post. But hopefully we will get something....

3 comments:

JK said...

good luck

Alam said...

nice blog..:)

Nina said...

Morning Sheila and Hubby how are you both today great weather ehhh...Love your page its great hope the egg hatching works out will make a nice dinner can i book one HAA HAA