This morning, four of these
went under one of these:
The mother is resting comfortably. We hope the eggs are comfy too, but they’re not saying. Expected hatch date: March 12.
This leaves me with a dilemma: To set or not to set the remaining seven eggs in the incubator.
Pros of setting:
- Replacements to put under her if any of the four fail to develop
- No waste
- More babieeeeesss!!
Cons of setting:
- Set-up time and trouble
- Someone has to take care of the incubator babieeesss when they hatch and I don’t want to
K. A little background. We’ve decided that our flock is going to become self-sustaining. This means we need birds that are good layers AND produce good meat. I want to do it inexpensively and locally as much as possible. A little research turned up barred rocks as a an excellent dual-purpose breed and BONUS they’re readily available locally. I’ve got a couple young barred rock roosters already. Remember this? Here they are now:
(Insert pic of barred rocks) (Update: I don’t actually have a pic of our barred rocks at present and I don’t feel like going to get one. This is an awesome opportunity for you to use your imagination, which is good for your brain. You’re welcome. You could also just use google. All barred rocks look the same.)
Sadly, two roosters do not make a good start for a self-sustaining flock. In case you’re not sure how that works, well, nevermind. It just doesn’t work, okay?
So I need hens, and one of my silkies decided to go broody on a golf ball (yes, y’all, seriously. She decided to try to brood and raise a golf ball. I’m not sure what she expected to come of that. I took it away. I’m sorry, but golf balls do not make good sons. They just don’t. Stop asking so many questions. Geez). So of course the logical thing was to buy some fertile barred rock eggs and set them up under her. So that’s what I did–the same guy who sold me the chicks for my brooder also sold me those eggs.
Unfortunately, she seems to think that a single golf ball is much more comfy to sit on than a dozen large eggs. So we compromised: She gave me the golf ball, and I only asked her to sit on four eggs. Leaving me with seven (I KNOW the math doesn’t work. Stop being so literal).
So, tell me what you think in the comments. Because I can’t figure out how to set up a poll in non-self-hosted WordPress. You can tell me how to do that in the comments too. Or whatever. Comment about your dog or what you had for breakfast if you’d rather. It’s all good.