It's...just...so...amazing. We are watching the life cycle first hand, and so are our children- learning, growing, understanding... it's incredible.
We decided to try a couple of new chicken breeds this year, so we had to purchase some eggs. We chose six, and they came in the mail. (Yes, we got a kind of alarmed phone call from the post office early one morning saying we'd better come pick up the *live* eggs... but not so upset as when we got our last package of bees.)
Since the incubator has room for seven eggs, we also grabbed one of our own. We'll do a second hatch after this attempt with more of our own eggs, but this is where we are for now.
First, we had to sterilize the incubator.
They were sent with a warming pack...
Don't worry about the apparent scratches on one of the Maran eggs. It's a coating, like paint, that all eggs have until they dry (at which point the egg is permanently colored). This one must have just been bumped a bit (or stepped on by a hen) before the coating dried.
We took the lightest colored egg in this photo, and it's an Australorp egg. Since our rooster is a Silver Laced Wyandotte, this chick will be a mutt. That's OK with us- we're very accepting.
On Day 21 we'll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, waiting to see this amazing event.
In the next two weeks we will bear witness to a very small life cycle, but a life cycle none-the-less. Our family will welcome a number of new little lives into our home and our children will help to raise them, feeding and protecting their little charges. And the education they will receive in the process will be priceless.
Have you done any fun natural living or homeschooling projects lately?