Today marks the 11th day of Bertha’s long incubation of her eggs. It seems so much longer since we set the eggs under her, but I have checked and double checked the date we set her, and it is definitely day 11. I am tempted to candle the eggs, but as I wouldn’t even know what I am looking at, I have refrained from doing so. What will be, will be. I just hope they’re progressing and we will end up with chicks out of all this.
I went up to the coops today with some kangaroo mince which I fed to the other three girls, and when Bertha smelled it and heard the special “Ohhhh we have goodies!” call of the other hens, she decided to get off her nest. I gave her some of the mince, which she gobbled down happily, along with some grains and then she proceeded to have a drink, and a leisurely dustbath. She is looking quite scruffy because she has pulled out a lot of her feathers to line her nest. I was going to snap a photo to show everyone, but by the time I went back up there with the camera she was just settling back on her eggs and I didn’t want to disturb her again. She looks well and happy otherwise, so I think she is going to see this through.
In the meantime, we have been busy in our garden again and spent yesterday planting seeds and seedlings. We finally got our seed potatoes into the ground, along with planting out the pumpkin seedlings I have been nurturing. We also planted rockmelons, watermelon, beans, zucchini and button squash.
|Yes, there really are little pumpkin plants here!|
|The chooks were busy, too! (A couple of these were from the day before)|
|They really enjoy their summer coop!|
|A well deserved lunch after the hard work.|
|And this is what Solly, my cat, thinks of hard work!|
It was good to get the planting done, and relax in front of the telly with our special “Grand Finals” cheese and vege platters for lunch!