Last night we candled the eggs under the broody hens. Eve has 6 and Ruth has 12. Every single one of the 18 eggs was infertile. We have no idea what happened. 8 weeks ago Boaz gave us 93% fertility. Then 6 weeks ago he gave us 30% fertility, which we thought at the time was just a fluke, but now we are thinking it was the start of the problem. Whatever the problem is.
So now we have to figure out why he is infertile suddenly.
But first, we have to deal with the fact that we have two broody hens happily setting on eggs that are never going to hatch, and we don’t have any fertile eggs to give them. We don’t want to break their broodiness, quite the opposite, we want to encourage it because we want to use broody hens to hatch our eggs for us.
We are looking around locally (or somewhat locally) for some hatching eggs that we can give these girls to set on and hatch out while we figure out what is going on with Boaz.
Always an adventure!