Well it is finally time to check our eggs and I was so excited to use my new Ovascope in order to do so. Picture quality isn't the best but I captured an image of a fertile egg. You can see the veins forming and this tells me that the egg was fertile and that a baby is beginning to grow. This however doesn't mean it will actually hatch but it is a promising step. I was excited to find that all 7 of the eggs I chose were fertile eggs which means our Rooster is wasting no time getting busy with our Hens! I will candle again at 14 days to see more development.
Hard to believe Rose's lone baby is now 10 days old. We are anxiously awaiting its eyes to open. Fur came in so fast I swear you could see the difference every day. We have also discovered its a broken black and not a blue as originally anticipated. Baby is still spending the evenings inside with us but we are allowing Mom to go back to her colony setup and keep baby in the nest box with her in the day when it is warmer so it can get acclimated to its surroundings.
Rose lost her first litter due to a breech baby that became stuck. I learned this often happens in first time litters of Holland Lops. Her second trial was a success. 3 of her kits didn't make it due to exposure and were too far gone to be saved. We brought her lone survivor inside so that it can stay warmer than in the barn. So far it's as healthy as a clam and looks like it will have the same markings as Mama.
So today we had a "snow" day and I thought it would also be the perfect day to try out my Brinsea Incubator I got for Christmas. We plan to hatch chicks in class this year and I want to try it at home first. My only experience with hatching has been with the day old chicks we bought last Spring and the 3 that our Broody Buff Orpington hatched out herself in November. Follow along on our journey and I'll keep you updated as we go.
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