We made it past the ugly teenager stage, and now they’re in the pullet/cockerel stage! Can’t wait to see how blue their eggs are, my guess is that the wheatens/blue wheatens will have the bluest eggs 🤞🏻.
This is why we talk about implants so much. 🚨 FIVE 🚨 more girls made the trip up today. Lucille (first photo of feet), Lizzy (not pictured), Libby, Cinnamon & Snow all received hormonal implants. As you can see from the first photo, even ***BACKYARD HENS*** get depleted of nutrients from the burden of laying eggs. Lucille was someone’s backyard hen. The left side is after we got her home back in November. Her nails were overgrown, she had Vit A deficiency, and look how pale her legs and feet are. 😱 It’s so crazy to see the comparison side by side. When you see her every day, you don’t notice the small changes. The right side is from today. Lucille received her second implant this year. Her little body gets to have a break and hang on to those nutrients! Look how yellow (as they should be) and better looking her feet and legs are now!
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They say, 'Never count your chickens before they are hatched'. 🐣I'm hopeful that I'll get to see at least a few little chicks hatch from these eggs in a couple of weeks. When I've hatched eggs before, it was about an 80% success rate. Fertilized chicken eggs hatch in 21 days when they are kept warm, which is about 99.5° in the incubator. The automatic egg turner moves the eggs every four hours. I candled the eggs last night in the dark with a special flashlight. In the eggs that are developing, you'll see an air pocket, blood vessels, and movement around day 8. There were quite a few eggs that did not show much sign of life, but it's early yet and I'm not an expert egg candler. 🥚🔦I'll check again in a few days and then I'll start pulling out the ones that I think aren't developing. Looking forward to hearing peeps! 🐣🤞