It has been an uneventful week as far as the homestead goes because we have been busy dealing with illnesses and other non-homesteading related life. But we do have adorable chicken news…
The chicks in the incubator started hatching a day early – on Monday. Hatching continued into Tuesday and Wednesday. We had 10 hatch out of the 18 eggs that were still alive on lock down. There was a high rate of late death, I think it had to do with the incubator malfunctioning. I am glad we got the 10 we got and that they are all alive still 5 days later.
We had lined up our hatch with the arrival of our order of 20 chicks from the hatchery. Unfortunately, the hatchery made a mistake and somehow printed a shipping label, but never sent our chicks. Very frustrating. I really only wanted to do one brooding this year because we have so much else going on. So we decided to just take a refund instead of having them ship out chicks a different week. I guess these ten little chicks, plus whatever we can brood under hens will be it for this year, unless we find another opportunity for an incubation later this year. For now, we are just going to raise these ten chicks.