Thursday, 16 April 2009
I'm on my way ....
.....to making my first million !! Yesterday I sold 1/2 a dozen eggs for £1 with more on order ! How cool is that ? I have never sold eggs before, always just given them away to family and friends and as a peace offering when the hens escaped into neighbouring gardens when we lived in the old house.
I am also hoping to start breeding and selling poultry but at a later date, when I have established a good quality breeding group.
My first attempt at hatching eggs seems doomed, but in fairness it was meant as a trial run.
Today I stopped the automatic turner on the incubator, candled and removed the non goers and finally added extra water.
Of the Speckled Sussex only 4 out of the 12 are still in the incubator !! 1 was clear on the first candling at 7 days. The rest seemed to stop developing around the 8 - 10 day stage. (I removed them today )
As far as I can see of the Welsummer eggs 2 were clear at the first candling and the rest touch wood!!! seem OK. Still 3-4 days to go though.
So now the maximum I can expect is 14 the minimum 0 !!
The eggs were bought from a poultry auction, so in every way bought blind, not knowing the breeder, quality of stock, storage, transport etc. In which case, along side my inexperience I guess anything over 50% is OK....not the case with the Sussex though !
I will just have to wait and see and learn.
As they say..." no good counting your chickens before they hatch"