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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

Our hens started laying a bit late. They did not approve of the harsh weather that we had this past winter and decided to make sure the cold was really gone. A March snow in Southern NC will do that to a chicken.

The incubator is packed full and the hatching has begun. We keep the temperature at 99 degrees and the humidity at 60 percent. It is a good standard that fits in with the variety that we hatch. The first chick out is a Buff Orpington.

First Chick

He is nice, big, healthy and calm like his parents. The hen is one of our first chickens from a group of chicks we purchased at the flea/farm market the year before last. She was the only one of that type amongst our birds, so we purchased a rooster in the FALL just for her. They make a very nice couple.

We’ll probably keep a few of these since they are so mild-mannered. It is nice to be able to let the chickens out in the yard to run around without being chased down by and angry rooster.

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