Sunday, May 16, 2010

arrival of the chicks!

I know you guys are just as excited as can be to get an update on the hatching status! It all started Friday night with the first egg being chipped open. Once the chick pips, which is putting an air hole in the egg, it can take up to 24 hours longer for them to hatch. So, while I kept checking on them repeatedly, no one hatched before we had to leave Saturday morning for our bike ride.

I was most anxious to get back after the ride to check on the chicks. I found one had hatched while we were gone! It was wet and really tuckered out from its ordeal. Once dry, I moved it out of the incubator under the waiting heat lamp. Here is our first chick, with a bit of shell stuck to its back.

As time went one, this little fellow began to fluff out some.

Later that day, around 4 or so, a second one hatched! Again, once dry, I moved it where its sibling was.

After this point, they started hatching at such a rate that I really can't say who came in what order after the third chick. There just seemed to always be more in the incubator ready to be moved out.
As of this morning, we have 19 hatched chicks. To me, this is pretty amazing as 1) I had no clue how many besides the white ones were even fertile as I couldn't see through their shells, and 2) being our first time incubating, I expected a high failure rate. We have some more eggs still which I don't know whether they are viable or not, but time will tell.

This has been so exciting for me! I can't quit peeking at them.

Friday, May 14, 2010

on pins and needles

This is the weekend that my incubating eggs should hatch! I can hardly stand waiting. I have 36 eggs in the incubator and we have been checking the temperature, humidity, and turning them religiously for the last few weeks. They even went to the beach with us for clamming! I packed them in egg cartons and James ran an extension cord from the incubator in the hatchback to the converter thingy (I don't know what you call it) that plugs into the lighter hole.

We have been candling them at night and have seen blood vessels, eyes, and movement. Now however, all we see is a solid darkness with the air bubble at the top. We are doing a Leukemia fundraiser bike ride tomorrow morning and I hope none hatch while we are gone. Besides this ride, I plan on sticking pretty close to the house this weekend to keep an eye on things.

James says that he hopes I have a plan on how to sell these chicks, or whatever I am going to do with them. Well, really! After all these years together you would think he wouldn't have to ask that. Of course I don't have a plan.

Monday, May 10, 2010

library bricks

When the new Battle Ground Library was being built, they were offering bricks that could have your name on them as a fund raiser. Grandma Jill purchased bricks in our names and the boys never seem to tire of running over to check out the bricks on our library trips.

They were so cute checking out the bricks and as I actually had my camera with me, I decided to share them with you.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Brown Flower

I have an iris that grows brown flowers. In the sun, they look coppery brown, and when you take them inside, they look brown-brown. This picture isn't really doing it justice in my opinion, but trust me, it's brown. From a distance, my flower bed looks like it is sporting a dead iris plant. When you get close, you see it is fresh and healthy as can be.

I'm not sure I like this plant. I certainly don't want to kill it; I do think though in the fall, I'll be dividing it up and giving it away.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Arthur and his posse

The boys are always taking the chickens snacks, collecting eggs, or trying to pet them. Hence, when they are outside, the ladies get very excited.

Yesterday, Arthur brought them some scraps and seeing the birds following him up the hill like faithful companions, I cracked up and had to take a picture.

Then, our 3 month old chicks saw him go into the house to dispose of the snack bag and congregated around the partially open door.

The welcoming committee is all geared up to give a hearty greeting when Arthur steps back outside.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Day Project

When stumbling around the web looking for a fast and fun May Day project to do with the kids and I found this great project at Alpha-mom's site and decided to give it a try.

This is Jamey's:

And here is Arthur's:

It was lots of fun for the kids to make and give for May Day.