Putting the eggs under Poppy
October 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
The eggs from Poultry Valley & Lifestyle arrived safely on Thursday, so after extensive examination and a 36 hour rest period, yesterday we tucked them under Poppy. Actually we tucked 15 of the 18 under her – in theory she could cover them all, but we know that 15 is manageable, both for incubation and then (hopefully!) for brooding if we get a 100% hatch rate. (Well, you never know …)
We had looked the eggs over as soon as they arrived to make sure there were no cracks etc visible, and they all seemed intact.We made notes on things like weight, shape, colour and whether there were any rough bits or potential concerns with calcium pimples or chalky shell and so on. And on Friday night we candled them, to get a better look at the shell density. As it happens there were a couple that we were a bit worried about – there was some mottling on the shells that suggested they might be a bit porous, which candling confirmed. They would probably be fine to hatch – they all feel within normal shell thickness – but when you’re looking for a reason to omit a couple, considerations like that are quite useful. And eggs DK 7, 10 & 11 were the ones we chose to omit.
Below in the table is the list of all the eggs, with details about their weight and anything else notable. (We’re doing this for our own records as much as for public edification.) Clicking on the thumbnail will open a larger photo. We’ll update you with the results of candling this weekend …