Three weeks ago Terry helped me to put 9 eggs under my neighbour's Black Cochin broody hen . . . 8 eggs remain (one broke and was unfertile) . . . what will happen in the next 48 hours?
Time will tell . . . success isn't guaranteed.
I've got my fingers crossed . . . and my toes . . .
LATEST . . .
16.50 Tues 7 June: The hen is clucking encouragements to the chicks inside the eggs – we can hear tiny scraping sounds of chick beaks on shell (she allowed us to very gently check 2 eggs).
20.20 Tues 7 June: No chicks yet... the hen has settled down for the night. We'll just have to wait until morning.
7.00 Wed 8 June: Still no chicks yet... checking again at 11.00... we don't want to disturb her too often. Not giving up hope yet – later today or tomorrow was my original guess for hatching.
11.15 Wed 8 June: No change... we're still waiting... 8 warm eggs under those cosy black fluffy feathers.
15.30 Wed 8 June: No change... we're still waiting... but we haven't given up.
08.30 Thurs 9 June: ditto... but all is not lost yet. I checked with the dates from a friend who had eggs from my flock to hatch, they were due on a Tuesday and actually hatched on the following Friday.
Sunday 12 June: Sadly none of the eggs hatched - which was very disappointing, but these things happen.
BUT – there are rumours that PPPHatch II is scheduled, so keep an eye on the blog over the next few weeks – you'll be the first to know ;-)
Alternative companion planting
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