Monday, August 11

Eggs are still hatching

Thursday morning, there was another chick under the hen. By the weekend, however, she grew impatient and didn't want to sit on the eggs anymore. We took the eggs out of the crate to dispose of them, and Toby discovered some hatching going on. He helped a little more than he should've, but by the end of the day there were two more chicks. Unfortunately, the mama hen wasn't interested in caring for these chicks. So we put together a little brooder for our front room and set it up with the heat lamp. By the end of the night, one of the two chicks died. The other perked up and is quite a character!

Sunday afternoon, I thought once again to dispose of the remaining eggs. Because really, I was not prepared to incubate them properly. They might get too hot or too cold or not be turned enough. I decided that this situation is far less than ideal. Anyway, as of Sunday night there's more hatching going on. Oh, the drama!

Meanwhile, Lynae and I made 23 jars of blueberry jam this weekend. When we were finished, Loren took the kids to Taco Bell for supper. Then he took them back to the berry farm, where they picked 12 more pints of berries! While they were gone, I harvested the rest of the rhubarb. In just a while, that will be stewed and canned. Then I'll probably make syrup with most of the blueberries and freeze the rest. This week will be a great time to check the gooseberry harvest, too. What a wonderfully busy time of year!


  1. So glad to hear that you're getting a few more chicks.

    Our broody hens have done a good job of hatching out babies, but something keeps getting them.

    Something was getting our eggs too so we got some traps. So far we've caught a possum and a raccoon, but I've just GOT to post a picture of what Jake caught in the trap this morning. It's a hoot!

  2. You guys already have blueberries?

  3. Woweeee you're having more fun than one person ought to! LOL Just teasing. You are having the kind of fun I want to be having. I'm thinking we ought to go to a U-Pick Farm and pick some peaches so that we might make some peach jam. YUM oh YUM that would be awesome.

    Pictures pictures pictures! Have you been taking pictures of your gardens? I am going to try to post some recent ones of ours, including different stages of our pumpkins, soon. :) Hugs, Robin