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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Drew's EGGcelent EGGs

This week we have a broody hen at Drew's EGGcelent Eggs.
A Broody Hen by definition is one who wants to hatch her eggs.
We have named the broody hen, Henny Penny.
 She is setting on a nice clutch of eggs.
We have decided, with the help of our EGGcelent customers, to allow Henny to hatch her clutch.

This is an experiment, since we have never allowed a hen to hatch eggs.
We have always hatched eggs in an incubator.
Since we haven't replaced the incubator after the house fire, we will see how Henny does.

This brings us to the Throwback Thursday portion of today's post.

It was several summers back.
Drewman was working on his SAE goal towards obtaining the State FFA Degree.
The Ag Department at Drewman's school has several incubators.
Drewman put out a call for incubating eggs.
Several different species of eggs were collected.
Wild Turkey, Guinea, Peacock, Quail and Chicken eggs.

Not all the eggs were for Drew's EGGcelent EGGs.
This was also a community outreach project for others in our area.

 Let the incubating begin!
It takes 21 days to hatch chicken eggs.
The other species have different hatch times.

Let the hatching begin!
This is a batch of all green egg layers.

Wild Turkey!

Lots of baby chickens!

The entire hatch space, in the ag room, was filled with brooder boxes and heat lamps.
The counters were full of the incubators and supplies.

Each day, several times per day, Drewman would go, care for the chicks, clean the brooder boxes and check the incubators.
 Baby Chicks make Big Messes!
As chicks would hatch, he would move them from the incubators to the brooder space.
After all the eggs hatched, the chicks were distributed to their new owners and brought home, increasing the number of Drew's EGGcelent EGG Layers.

It was a great project for Drewman!

Happy Thursday!

Rancher Girl

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