Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Dim cywion...

As of day 27, the broody hen had eaten one of the eggs and pushed the other three out of the nest, so last night we finally opened them up and one of them was just an egg, but the other two did have the beginnings of chicks in them -- why she decided she didn't want to hatch them in the end I've no idea... Hopefully we will get another broody hen soon and give it another go.

2 comments:

Moonroot said...

Hmm, I sympathise - dim gwyddau gyda fi. For the last 2 years our geese have laid and sat on clutches of eggs but nothing hatched. At the end of the incubation period we've removed the eggs and found no sign of goslings - we were beginning to think they were infertile and flirting with the idea of buying in fertile eggs for her to incubate. This year she laid a smaller clutch and sat well, but shortly before they were due to hatch she managed to knock them out of the goose shed where they smashed (there is a short slope up to the house - I think she got her feet tangled up in the nest as she left for a quick food/water break). I cleared up the mess only to find 4 of the eggs had goslings in - sadly the smashed eggs meant they were all dead.
C'est la vie. Hopefully next year they'll have fertile eggs and more luck!

jim said...

Wow, I never knew trying to get chickens to hatch eggs was such a challenge.