Wednesday, 18 July 2007
~*~ Marvellous Mother Nature ~*~
In a post last week,I mentioned I had a broody hen sitting on 6 eggs.Nothing had happened and I was getting impatient,so I decided to have a look,literally.
6 o'clock found me sitting in the dark in the understairs cupboard,(they can't do you for it ),with my candling lamp !!!
Candling,involves shining a light into the egg from the side and you can see what's going on inside.
of the 6, 2 had not developed for some reason but I could see 4 little chicks moving in the others.I even heard a little "cheep" from inside one.-fabulous
Last year when I used my new incubator for the first time,I "candled" the eggs every week to check development.The children and I loved it, it was facinating to see these little lives develop,in fact the above broody hen was one of those first babies.Once you start to hear them inside the shell,"pipping" isnt a long way off.I'll keep you informed.
The photo shows the proud ,expectant father,a very fine buff cochin.