Notes from Windward: #68
Spring Cleaning for the Warmerator
Monica gets serious about incubation
As I was realizing the necessity of breeding animals
rather than relying on buying new ones in the quest
for sustainability, I also got very excited about
sweet baby chicks. The combination of these inspired
me to take charge of hatching out some little ones.
The warm-e-rator Monique used last winter to hatch
Jan and Noel (our two chickens born in the winter) had
fallen into disrepair after Monique was no longer
around to care for it. It was in a terrible state.
I thoroughly cleaned it,
disinfected it, cleaned it again, and finally, the
stench and grime were gone. I then bought a new
hygrometer (temperature and humidity gauge), set up
the water pan and sponges for humidity, adjusted the
temperature, made some charts to collect data, and
have been stocking it with eggs ever since.
We are hoping to hatch out some little
chickens soon, followed up by guinea hens and ducks.
Notes From Windward - Index - Vol. 68