Goings On

We’re down to one rooster and he is evidently a dud (as a friend puts it). Last year we tried to hatch two clutches from his flock and only one egg hatched. This year we tried again and none hatched.

So yesterday I asked a friend if I could have a dozen fertilized eggs from their farm. I hate to have the mama sit another three weeks but she seems determined not to give up. But later I had to go to the feed store for salt blocks and they had chicks for sale. So I decided to try a different approach.

I bought a dozen chicks (which we don’t need) and last night I tried switching them for the unhatched eggs. I did those once before a couple of years ago and it worked perfectly. The hen assumed the chicks were hers and she brooded them.

But this attempt was a fail. The hen not only wouldn’t accept the chicks, but she was aggressive toward them. So now we’re brooding a dozen new chicks and I’ll be going to my friend’s place for fertilized eggs later today.

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In the glow of the heat lamp

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The would-be Mama, in a huff. “Don’t be bringing those chicks around here.”

Still waiting on more goat babies. I put in the spring garden and it’s weed-free and beautiful (a condition that will not last long).

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The asparagus is starting to arrive, along with apple blossoms.

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And we have hundreds of crickets in the hoop house. Any advice on what to do about that would be appreciated.

Happy Spring y’all.