Well I’m back, and I had the most amazing time. It was more wonderful than I thought it would be. My horse got better, I got more confidence and to be really truthful, it was an honor and a privilege to ride with such a great horseman. I’m more determined than ever to make some Bridle Horses in my lifetime, beginning with Gump. If you don’t know what a Bridle Horse is, stay tuned. We’ll go over it in great detail in the coming days. There’s lots of pictures from the clinic and on the last day, Buck asked me to help him demonstrate the last drill we’d be doing in the clinic. Needless to say, I was honored. In my own opinion, I was riding one of the nicer horses in the class- next to Buck’s horses of course. They are phenomenal.
In the meantime, the 4-H Farmer Dee Dee, wrote another post for us, this time about chicken hatching! If you’ll remember from a few weeks back she wrote about her ewe project with her sheep, Savannah Mae.
Jenn, thanks for letting me guest blog post again. This time I’m going to talk about our chick incubation experience. The eggs are from the coop at the farm. They are all Americauna crosses because the one and only rooster in the coop is an Americauna.
We set the eggs in the incubator March 7th. The chicks stay there and develop from little minuscule dots to full grown chicks! The humidity and temperature stay perfect the entire time. The humidity stays at about 40% the first 18 days then on “lock-down” the last 18 days the humidity goes to around 70%. The last 3 days they are getting ready to come out of the eggs and so you need to increase so they don’t get stuck coming out. On day 20 it started! Since day 20 which was Friday, we have had 13 healthy chicks hatch!
When you put them into the brooder which is the housing for them until they can go out into the coop… the temperature needs to stay at around 95 degrees then you decrease it 5 degrees every week to get them to the point of room temperature and then they are ready to go outside when all their feathers are developed which is about 8 weeks.
I have a Youtube video up of one of the chicks hatching if you want to check that out. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poS5gEL-aHg
Thanks again for letting me guest blog post. Hope your weekend went as planned!