As many of you know, I have a bit of a chicken and duck addiction. With over 31 ducks and 100+ laying hens, our collection keeps growing. Due to this, the building of a new chicken barn will begin in just a few weeks (if the snow ever melts!). To add to the excitement, we finally purchased an incubator! WOOHOO!! We decided to test it out and see just how busy Roo has been with the ladies. Keep in mind, we currently have only one rooster, and he is at the bottom of the pecking order. He walks with a limp, due to the ladies beating up on him. There are a few girls that don’t mind Roo’s presence. Plus, he does step in and break up the girl fights, when needed.
Roo is a Rhode Island Red and seems to have taken a liking to our Easter Egger hens. I was excited to think about the outcome of crossing these two breeds So, we collected 7 eggs and put them in the incubator. On day 7, we candled the eggs to check for life…5 out of 7 of the eggs had been fertilized and had viable embryos. (Good job, Roo!) On day 21, our 5 chicks will hopefully hatch.
I have been dreaming of starting a breeding program, since we built the horse barn. Since Wifey is not buying into the idea of breeding mini donkeys…YET…I will have to settle on chickens and ducks, for now!
My goal was to focus on a specific breed, but making that decision seemed challenging. How does one choose? Well, when it came down to it, there was really only one choice… Polish! I am so in love with this whimsical and quirky breed!
So, in just a few weeks, our polish breeding stock will arrive! We have been busy setting up new homes for our Roos, as well as a very special breeding run, aka “The Love Shack”. Flow and Mavis might even enjoy a special date at “The Love Shack”, in the Fall.
Over all, Indigo Acres is a very busy place right now! If only Mother Nature would stop the wind, snow and ice, we could finally begin SPRING!