Tuesday, 17 April 2012
After several weeks of waiting, our fertile Barnevelder and Welsummer eggs arrived!
Each one was lovingly wrapped in 2 layers of bubble wrap and they were all nestled safely between multiple layers of padding.
The Welsummer eggs are the rich dark brown color. Aren't they beautiful?
We let the eggs come up to room temperature for the afternoon ~ they were mighty chilled from transport. Hoping that won't affect the hatch rate too drastically.
Meanwhile, chores and our regular busy life here carries on...
I wrapped my handmade apron to send off to my swap partner from
Spread a little (mostly composted) manured straw in the greenhouse
Primed the installed greenhouse rafters outside....
and primed the ones waiting to be installed this weekend.
Can you see how HUGE our "chicks" are now? They are 5-6 weeks old now :) We tended to them as we always do ~ fresh bedding, water and food and even some of the first weeds that were growing in a sunny spot at the back of the house. It was so funny to see them all fighting over the green pieces :) There was plenty to go around, but chickens are funny like that ~ they always want what the other has!
These birds are nearly fully feathered, so they will be put out this weekend in a sheltered location, weather permitting. This picture looks like they're really crowded, but they all stick together... this is only half of their crate pen.
I'll share more on their new accommodation soon :)
After the eggs arrived, much discussion ensued this afternoon. Questions, reading, research... more questions.... a lot to learn in the coming weeks!
We are busy preparing for out of province family to arrive in a few days. Beds are being made up, food is being prepared, messes are being tidied up, furniture is re-arranged and the book piles are tamed :)
My dear Grandmother turns 92 this weekend, so there's a party being planned! Furtive lists and ribbons are strewn about the house... such excitement in the air!