Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hi Tech Meets Old School!

It's Nest Boxes 2.0!

Old style wooden boxes on the bottom, recycled computer monitor cases on top.

Seems the hens approve!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Chickam Is Coming!

Run for your lives! Ha...

The chickens are getting right properly twitterpated and are in high barnyard dramaqueen overdrive, running around this way and that, having little chicken-y romances. It's cute. :)

So this week we'll start up Chickam (with sound!) again, beginning with the cam pointed at the nest boxes, so ya might catch eggs being laid. Also, check out the new, high-tech nest boxes. :) The hens lay mostly in the morning, about 8AM to 2PM, peaking around 10AM PST. Some of it might be like watching paint dry, but seeing a hen lay an egg is interesting. The youngsters from last year's Chickam (Honkey, Scrambles and Potato) are adults now, and are laying eggs too.

I plan on setting up the incubators later this week, and starting the eggs on February 27--hatch date should be 21 days later, on March 20th--the first day of Spring! The incubator cam will be turned on the day before hatch, March 20th. At that point you should be able to see the eggs wobble and hear the chicks inside peeping. After the hatch, the cam will be moved to the brooder box so y'all can see and hear baby chicks running around like ninnyhammers. It's cool, watching eggs hatch is fascinating! :)

I'll post links to the cams when they are up and running!

Fun Fact: While a hen goes and SITS on a nest in order to lay an egg, while she is actually LAYING the egg she stands up!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Aww, How Sweet!

Heh, I think one of the teachers at school is feeling a little cynical this year...