We’re expecting. (excuse me while I go pick Marc up off the floor). A local kindergarten/preschool is going to incubate some fertilized eggs and we said that we’d take all of the chicks after they were born. The due date is sometime around the end of May. (You can start knitting tiny little baby blankets now.).
The nesting instinct has kicked in and I’m already getting the chicken nursery ready. Should I go with a green or yellow feeder?
Of course incubation projects don’t always work out well but this school is on top of the temp and humidity requirements needed so chances are very good that a few if not all of the eggs will hatch. (although I was once told that a 2/3 hatching rate from incubation is considered very good). With this mixed bag, we will probably be getting a rooster or two (there is no way to determine the sex of fertilized eggs) but hey, what’s a summer without a good rooster story or two?
This all means that we’ll be hearing the patter of little feet in our foyer once again. Oh callooh callay!
I’ve been in touch with the school giving some advice and lending a little encouragement (but trust me, they’re on top of this) and they’ve decided to go with an assortment of “top hat” eggs. Top hats are exotic chickens who look like they are all dressed for the Kentucky derby. Large feathers adorn the tops of their heads giving them a jaunty look indeed. Striking birds, our Simon and Garfunkel, who are Appenzeller Spitzhaubens have top hats.
And let us not forget that my holy grail of a chicken, the Black Polish has a top hat (still looking for that elusive bird). If the winds blow in the right direction and the gods are willing, there is a slight chance that there might be a female Black Polish in this group.
It will be sort of like having several boxes of Cracker Jacks given to us (the ones of our youth when you actually got a prize not just a sheet of paper with jokes on it). We won’t know what we get until we open the box and unwrap the prize. No matter what we get though, I’m sure I’ll be finding many stories to share with you amongst all these new little family additions.