Ready to incubate!

I am always really cautious ordering online, I am quite a luddite with technology if I am honest. I will just point out luddite was my husband’s term not mine. I don’t trust it, it just doesn’t ring true for me. Putting all your personal details online, moving money around online at a simple click of the button, contacting people online in real time. Hand written letters are dead, phone calls are dead, nobody seems to communicate face to face anymore simply because they don’t have to and I just cannot completely agree with how things are going.

However I will agree this is the way it is going so I my new years resolution this year was to get on board with it all. Firstly as I started my blog last year with some gentle persuasion from a friend I decided I needed to get it back up together and make it more of a regular occurrence in my life. Trouble was I just didn’t seem to find the time but the last few days I have been fitting it in and I hate to admit I am enjoying it. Secondly I decided to get my finances online, not online banking, no, no, no that is several big moon steps too far but I discovered a app to help the family with their budgeting. We aren’t great with money and we have been guilty for spending where we don’t need to or spending far too much on items we did need. My husband will say its all my fault but I am grown up to admit yes I am at some fault but he is just as bad if not worse sometimes. Hopefully this will help. My husband did have a spreadsheet to help us budget (he loves spreadsheets) but he spend hours on it and I just didn’t see the point in spending that long on something that was supposed to help us. And to be honest if I asked him about a direct debit or the balance he wouldn’t know off the top of his head he would have to check the spreadsheet which resulted in several more hours of ‘working on the spreadsheet’. Drove me crazy and I have to say I am a little scared to show him the app in case it sets him off number crunching again.

I have also found several other apps for gardening and cooking in the hope I can learn more without having to buy anymore books. To be fair the gardening books were getting more of an obsession rather than a requirement. I am pretty sure if I look through them all together they probably pretty much say the same thing. What can I say I love gardening!

Anyway back to my chain of thought. We incubated some eggs last year, didn’t get too far with the ducks but did get some chickens and fortunately ended up with three hens and one cockerel. The poor birds lost their lives to Mr Fox a few months ago and I am now ready to start again. I wasn’t going to go down the incubation process again for various reasons. It is a 3 week, daily commitment, there are no guarantees any will hatch and you can end up with all boys which isn’t what any chicken keeper wants. It just means you have several cockerels to get rid of which isn’t easy! On top of all of that you have to wait several weeks for them to start laying, around 20 to be exact, it seems a lifetime and by the time they start laying the cold weather starts and they go off lay again.

However I like the life cycle processes of any animal and its so interesting for my children so I decided to get some hatching eggs. As I didn’t have much luck with my ducklings I decided to look elsewhere. After a lot of reading and looking around I found somewhere online with good reviews to order. There are downsides to ordering online, eggs could get broken, eggs could be infertile (although that could be the case if you pick them up yourself), and you have to pay delivery cost. But I have been getting impatient and nobody local currently has hatching eggs other than where I have already been. So I went online and ordered some.


Got everything set up to find the power supply for the incubator was missing so off I went to my local electrical specialist and bought a new one, we are ready to go. As I have not mentioned anything to my husband yet about this decision I have hidden the eggs and incubator in my indoor greenhouse out back. I want to surprise him with some chicks in a few weeks!

So shortly I am hoping I can set the eggs, and hopefully the temperature and humidity is just right.


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