Needless-to-say, incubating and hatching chickens (and by chickens, I mean just the one we managed to hatch) was interesting. A lot of time, energy, and anticipation was put into Henningway, only to have him become our neighbor’s dogs’ mid-afternoon snack.
Well, we must move on, so I ordered seven Black Australorp chicks from My Pet Chicken due to arrive May 29th. I hope to convince my Dad to build a chicken coop for them, since I don’t think they will all fit in the dog house. I am still thinking about purchasing an Eglu Cube but they are so darn expensive. I am looking forward to some delicious egg sandwiches made with homemade bread and fresh eggs. Who knows, I might even attempt to make the mayonnaise from scratch too.
After 21 days exactly, the first and only egg begin to hatched. I was traveling back from Harrisonburg, so I missed Heningway’s, as he is so lovely called, emergence from life inside the shell. After he had time to dry off he was moved into a brooder where he will stay for four to five weeks.
Any hatchlings are considered a success when dealing with shipped hatching eggs. As we hope to have around five or six chickens, we are no considering whether to order more hatching eggs or go with day-old baby chicks.
It’s been just a little over a week since his arrival and the difference in Heningway’s appearance and level of activity is pretty amazing. He has a small chick feeder with a mason jar on top that he is able to roost on. I figure in a couple of weeks we will have to add some mesh netting to the top of the brooder to keep him in. Read more
After weeks of anticipation the hatching eggs arrived at our local post office. Our postmaster is probably thinking “what’s next after bees and chickens?” At least they are getting less dangerous.
Upon their arrival, Dad got them established in their new home (for the next 21 days, give or take a few), a Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator. This incubator provides automatic egg turning with auto-stop two days prior to hatching, a countdown to date of hatch, and temperature alarms. Fancy, fancy. I am excited that we went with hatching eggs, instead of day-old baby chicks, as I am now part of the experience from the very beginning. Read more
I am a soon-to-be co-owner of some Black Australorp chickens. We have a brand new mini incubator in-house and ready for six Black Australorp hatching eggs which should be shipping this week.
“Australorps originated in Australia and were developed from Black Orpingtons imported there from England. They are gentle and quiet: tremendous layers, producing tons of large brown eggs. They are among the best egg producing breeds in the world, and currently hold the record for most eggs produced per annum.” (Source: My Pet Chicken)
The hatching eggs will be incubated for around 21 days and then our new friends will start laying eggs in about five to six months. Australorps lay large, brown eggs at a rate of about five per week.
A am a novice when it comes to raising chickens, so I am really looking forward to this experience. Not only will it be fun for me, but the hatching eggs will arrive just in time for Tanner’s first birthday, so we can learn together.