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.
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.