I fear I'm becoming a Crazy Chicken Lady....
It all started while watching my rooster mate with a hen. "I wonder what type of chick they would have."
So, I purchased a little incubator and started collecting eggs.
Collected eggs can be stored up to TEN days before incubating, although after seven days the viability drops considerably. Isn't that amazing? I stored the eggs in my basement so they would be kept cool (~55°F).
After SEVEN days I had a total of 27 eggs. I collected more than that in seven days, but only wanted the cleanest and nicest looking eggs.
Carefully, with a pencil, the kids and I numbered each egg and then set them in the pre-heated incubator (99.5°F).
In seven days, we'll check their viability by "candleing" and in 21 days we might have baby chicks.
I don't know if some or any of them will hatch.
Maybe this entire escapade will be for naught. Maybe I'll have 27 little chicksn running around.
Crazy Chicken Lady or not, this is kind of fun!
I'll post more as we get development!