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.