Posts Tagged ‘egg incubation’

Broody cat

April 29, 2017

After our poor results last time, Dottie has decided to help out with the incubation process!

Maybe she’s just canny; she’s well aware that each of those round things contain a potential wee snack!

A silver lining…

March 8, 2017

…or is that four silver linings? More like wee fluffy rain clouds really, but after the loss of Big Fella, BB cheered us up with the arrival of her first brood of the year.

And do you think that maybe our next rooster is waiting in this box? I ordered Wyandotte fertilized eggs online, a breed that sounds perfect for our needs.

Meanwhile, with no competition, Wee Man thinks it’s his birthday, surrounded by our new layers! Of course he can’t reach ‘the task’ with some of the bigger girls! We reared our new Cuckoo Maran girls last season to replace our old, decreasing stock.

On tenter hooks

March 28, 2015

Temperature down, humidity up; we’re on the last stretch. Three days to go until the (hopeful) hatching of our first quail.

quail eggs

quail eggs

Look what’s arrived!

March 12, 2015

Yesterday, all the way from Essex at the opposite end of the country, the much anticipated eggs of Coturnix Quail arrived.

Quail eggs

60 eggs are now in the incubator.

quail eggs

The beginnings of ‘Hinnisdal Quail’!

P.S. A piece of trivia; The name of the glen where we live, Glenhinnisdal, was originally Hengist’s Dale, Hengist being a Viking.

A sad, wobbly story

July 3, 2013

Bad news first. The six Aylesbury ducklings, hatched two weeks ago, were all doing well apart from one. After the first week, one of them looked distinctly as though it had one dram too many, staggering around the run and occasionally falling over. Otherwise it was eating well and behaving normally. I Googled until I was blue in the face but couldn’t find anything about wobbly ducklings. Its movements were very un-coordinated, as though its brain wasn’t communicating properly with its leg muscles. Although eating well, its growth was lagging behind the others and the wobbliness was worsening. ¬†Anyway, today the six wee rascals escaped through the temporary chicken wire fence into the longer grass. Five were happy, one was not. It had over balanced in the grass and could not right itself. I discovered it wet, cold and weak. I could have saved it, but it would have been out of sentimentality not kindness. The poor soul would never have been able to physically keep up with the others, resulting in a stressful life and no doubt an unpleasant death – we can’t watch over them 24/7.

But, we must move on, plenty of other birds still need our care and attention. As the remaining five Aylesburys are more than capable of negotiating the longer grass, we extended their temporary run and included a swimming pool. Very happy ducklings!

1st swim

You may remember that out of the older Aylesbury ducklings (eight weeks) we were going to keep the two females for MacRae. Change of plan. The people who we managed to get 4 Silkie eggs from last week, lost one of their two ducks to an otter and were looking for a replacement. Well, now they have two replacements! We’ll just hang on to two of the younger birds instead¬†– assuming there are two females among ’em! Also on the duckling front, the Muscovies are doing well; about 10 inches long now and great at catching flies!

muscovy family

Puff is still a mystery however. She still isn’t laying – as far as we know – and rarely shows any interest in the ducklings. I’ve visited the internet once more to see when Muscovy ducks usually stop laying. No joy. Do any of you wise folk know the answer? This is her 5th season.

Good news on the chicken front finally! We candled the eggs yesterday and all four Silkie eggs are developing along with all but three of our own hens’ eggs! Yeah, go on Big Fella – strut your stuff!!!



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