In November the farmer turned off his incubator for it's long winter nap. The hens settled down and gave us an occasional egg here or there just to keep us guessing on who had laid that day. Then in late January with a couple of nice sunny days, the hens decided they would start giving us a couple more eggs, and then a couple more and some more and well you get the point. So the farmer decided it was time to start the big incubator up again. The eggs were carefully gathered. The egg consumption for the family and some of our loyal winter customers was stopped. All were entered (and continue to be entered) into the incubator.
On Friday, March 4th, the farmer started hearing some peeping and then through the weekend, the hatching began. It was a little slow this time. We are not sure if it was just because we had a big order for our first hatch or if we were just out of practice but finally there were chicks.
Our youngest son was just as excited as the farmer. He has "patiently" waited for these chicks to hatch checking on them everyday for any activity. (It helps that the incubator has a clear door for him to see.)
So we are back in the chick business. We will continue to have chicks hatching from now until...well until the hens decided that would like a break. Next to hatch is some of the first turkey eggs. Then the farmer will be very happy.