We have bought ourselves an incubator. Hopefully in three weeks there will be chickens! But at this point a lot of things seem uncertain. Are the collected eggs fertilized? Have they been stored under the best of conditions while waiting for going in to the incubator? Will the thermostat work? Will the automatic egg rotator manage to imitate the care of a tender mother hen?
We have learned that the first step is to collect newly laid eggs, keep them in a cool place with the tip down for at least a day, maximum a week, put them all together inside the incubator... and wait. On Sunday we will turn on the machine. And then the waiting-part will start!
(The last two photos from last year, when the children in school took care of extremely newborn chickens.)