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Sad and Crushed.

My mamma nerves are raw tonight.

A little over 3 weeks ago I went to the farmers market to pick up some eggs. When using set eggs I saw that they were fertile eggs. So on a whim I put 2 of them in my small little incubator. I thought since they had been refrigerated that there would be nothing of the eggs and from my reading on the web it said that they would most likely not hatch but I was wanting to give it a try.

Ten days later I candle the eggs and see that one had started developing. I thought this very cool and had this great blog post brewing in my head about how you can hatch out eggs from the farmers market at only pennies on the chick where they would be good layers since they come from stock used for laying.

Anyhow, fast forward to today, day 23 of the chick being in the egg and the normal cycle 21 days to hatch day and I thought the worst, that the baby chicken had died. Crack open the top where the air sack was and to my surprise I see movement. I instantly feel horrible. Baby was still in there and alive and clearly just behind because, duh… I put COLD eggs into the incubator and it took a few days for the temp to get just right.

I hurry up and put the egg back in the incubator and go online to look for guidance. With the information I had given of baby being on day 23 someone told me to pip the egg (making a hole in the membrane) so that the baby could breath. I try and it starts bleeding! I’m horrified! I feel so guilty and dumb. Poor baby I should have just left it alone to do its natural thing like I believe in for all healthy births! I watch until I notice that baby is not moving anymore. My heart sinks. I leave the egg in the incubator until the boys go to bed to investigate. I poke at it and no movement. I watch for anything but the color now is off too. Finally, I come to terms that the baby is no longer alive in the egg and I crack it open to find a beautiful baby that died because I could not wait longer.

Perfectly formed. All the toes and nails and everything there. Just me being a bad, ignorant mother hen. Had I given the baby a couple of more days to finish absorbing the yoke and pip itself then I would have been welcoming a new member to my flock of chickens instead of feeling loss and guilt tonight.

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Happenings Around Here….

Today was a very happy day for me. I got snow! I LOVE snow. My kids have gone out to play in it twice today. I was a bit sad that I couldn’t go out and play with them since Alex is still so little and he has acted a bit under the weather in the last 24 hours.

My seedlings are sprouting…

And I’m reading The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre by Carleen Madigan to learn as much as I can about how to turn my backyard into a productive piece of land for my family. I am truly starting to feel like a homemaker now. I love the tone in this book and how it feels like you are siting and having coffee with the writer and she is just telling you about her experience and what has worked for her. As if wisdom is being relayed to you. I believe this book will be referred to many times this spring and summer. I am in the middle of reading about keeping chickens which is the most important at the moment since I am getting ready to go get my first chicks to raise for eggs.
The illustrations are great. This is one of my favorite multipurpose homesteading books. It is so packed full of useful information that is easy to read and covers everything from what to plant and when to raising meat that is legal to keep in the city, caning and even foraging in the wild. If you are like me trying to become more self sufficient then check this book out from the library or buy yourself a copy. It is worth the money. I don’t regret purchasing it.

I’m also very busy finishing a design project for a giveaway in a few days. Can’t wait to show you what I came up with!

What is going on in your home these days?