We’re hoping these eggs will hatch this weekend. We put them under our broody pekin bantam 19 days ago, which means D Day should be in 2 days time. Last year we waited in vain, so we’re trying not to get our hopes up, but I know that Saturday morning we’ll be out there early having a peek.
One of the extraordinary things about hatching hens eggs is that you can buy them online. We have a handsome light sussex cockerel so have our own fertile eggs, but we like to have a mix of breeds so bought 3 buff Orpington eggs and 3 wyndots, neither of which we have had before.
The eggs arrive through the post and then you have 2 or 3 days in which to start hatching them, either under a broody hen or in an incubator. We like to use a hen, as the chicks then have a mum, but its much less reliable. If the hen lets the eggs go cold, its no chicks. Its almost as chancy as germinating some vegetable seeds.