Feather your Nest Friday, 14th October, 2022.
It has been a big week. It started off with lots of Spring cleaning and sort of gathered momentum as the week went on! I was happy with fresh clean windows and the WHOLE HOUSE pressure washed. These kind of things always make such a big difference and are exhausting but worth it!
My Grand daughters came to stay as it is their school holidays. With Guinea Fowl and Duck eggs in the incubator I was a bit disappointed the timing was out and nothing was due to hatch until next week. The girls though still peeked into the incubator every five minutes. They knew not to touch or lift the lid just peek in the perspex lid. Scarlett came to tell me one of the eggs was hatching. I thought this was because she is five and has wishful thinking but she was very insistent. So I eventually went to investigate. She was right! I had in my diary the date I started incubating the eggs.... this was a good eight days early. Two other eggs were also hatching. So I guess when I collected them and brought them home they already had been incubating for a week. I had pre heated the incubator so they were only a short time from nest to my place... And so amazingly the girls had the most fantastic time seeing ducklings and one Guinea hatch (so far) and were absorbed in every detail.
More amazingly they start talking before they are out. It was probably the same with me. We helped some hatch as the membrane on some was tough... this is an incubator issue to do with humidity levels. From previous batches I learned to just help. So it was like we were doing duck surgery and in each instance we did end up with a success!