Broody Watch For Ashley, Week 2

Ashley’s Eggs 🙂

  

Just a brief update on Ashley and her eggs.  Here they are as of this morning. 

A friend and I candled them Friday night and it looks like all six are developing.  I’ve never had a hatch where all the eggs were fertile and growing, so that’s exciting.  🙂 

I can candle again this Friday but after that, she’s on her own.  Friday is Day 18, and next Monday is hatch day.  

Ashley is doing well.  She doesn’t nest hop anymore.  I rarely see her outside but I know she is going out and getting food. 

And she lets me pet her and lift her up to check the eggs.  Of course, I also give her oatmeal and little treats with her breakfast on the days she doesn’t go outside on her own. 

Broody Watch #9 – Candling 

I have never candled my hens eggs before, preferring a hands-off natural approach.  I’d rather be surprised by how many come out in Day 21.  

But since we ordered and paid money for Abby’s Special Eggs, and since we’ve so much badness going on with this hatch, I broke down and bought one last week.  

Little Dude and I candled the eggs the day I bought the candler and I marked 4 eggs as ?   I couldn’t tell if any of those had something going on with them. 

Two were destroyed by Stacey in her efforts to find the perfect nest.  Their remains appeared to indicate they were not viable.   It’s better they are gone.  Better chances for the rest to be safe. 

Last night, we candled again.  I removed one of the other ?-ed eggs.  It shows no growth.  The other is a mystery.  It’s totally dark with a sliver of light at the bottom.  The sliver of light got bigger from last week to this week.  Don’t know what that means.  I left it under her, until such a time as I learn what that means.

The remaining 8 eggs all have clear signs of life, movement and growth.  I’m excited!  Little Dude and I got to see baby chicks moving around! 

Abby looking alert as she enters her last week of Broody.

Hatch Date is July 13.  🙂