The week has been heavily focused on chickens and chicken issues, with the big news being that the Chicks have graduated to live in the chicken tractor. The weather is now mild enough that they will not have any issues, and the tarp which covers them should keep most of the rain from wetting them.
I also decided that it was time for me to gather another dozen eggs and pop them into the incubator. I had been delaying my using this, as one of my children’s friends seems interested in hatching some of her own chicken’s eggs. She was over a couple of weeks ago and asking me questions about my incubator. She told me that she wanted some chicks, yet the hen who was sitting on the eggs failed to hatch the eggs. I recommended that she try an incubator, which she seemed interested in attempting.
After she left I thought it might be nice if I offered her use of the incubator to hatch her own, yet as I haven’t seen her I decided to hatch some of my own… sense in letting the space go to waste.
I placed them in the incubator on Sunday night, so on the 13 November I should have some new chicks hatching. It has taken a little longer than normal to gather the dozen eggs due to my girls production being lower than average. We have had some rainy, windy weather, yet I place the blame on me. I allowed three of the seven hens to go broody and sit on their own eggs. Out of around 45 – 60 eggs (each hen was sitting on between 15-20 eggs) only one chick hatched. So, the hens stop laying when they are sitting on eggs. Even when I removed all the eggs as they had gone rotten, the hens dutifully sat on their empty nests (which was very sad to see). So I need to stop letting my hens go broody, by collecting up all their eggs and not allowing them to gather too many at once.
While on the Garage sale trail, on Saturday, Kitty and I managed to grab a large amount of bargains… yet that wasn’t all. We also met many different people with similar mindsets that were friendly and eager to chat. We saw many people’s gardens, discussed their production and learned a lot. We both had in minds some items we were hoping to find… I wanted to find a cheap (yet good) Kayak or Canoe, Kitty wanted flower bulbs and a piece of furniture for our hall. We set off early, around 7:30am, and went straight to Franklin. Kitty had already located some places of interest, so we went to a house that was selling the two items I was seeking. They had a couple of small kayaks (too small for me) and a large canoe (a 3 or 4 seater)… too large for me to take home or even get much use. Still, we had a great chat to the home owner.
While visiting other places, Kitty bought a lovely set of retro table and chairs, as well as some very nice pieces of crockery. I licked up an excellent book on raising livestock for $2 (containing many interesting pieces of info which I had never seen before), an electric grill, a huge family size tent (I hope to turn it into a greenhouse) for $5. I bought a 6 cell Mag-lite torch (still working, for $2) as well as a bunch of other items.
Many of the sellers said that there were much less people this year, yet I put the blame for that on the fact it was a long weekend (we had a public holiday on Thursday) and the almost ceaseless rain. Still, the lack of buyers worked in our favour and we managed to get many bargains.