And-they-re-off-racing-logo…they’re off! Or maybe it should be “in”. Sue has started the incubation of six goose eggs.  As this is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, it is a bit nerve wracking. Several things to remember to take care of… also had to find a place to set up the incubator.  So here’s what we’re doing.

IMG_5142We borrowed two incubators from my boss at Re/Max (He’s also the guy who owns the Gun Shop out of which I work a few days a week). He doesn’t have chickens any longer, so it’s rather an indefinite loan. We wanted to find a place to set it up that would stay pretty consistent, and out of the drafts, etc. Sue made a place on top of her chest of drawers, brought in the two step so she could reach it to turn them :). We weren’t sure how well the incubators worked, so Sue purchased a humidity and temperature reader and tested the one she wanted to use for a couple of days to make sure that the temperature and humidity held steady. When things looked good, she put in six eggs. Now the trick is to keep the temperature around 100° and the humidity at about 50%. turn them 180° four times a day, The eggs take 28 to 35, maybe even 40 days till they hatch. We’ll check them for viability in about 10 days to see if they are making any progress. We’ll share any progress as we go along. Keep us in your thoughts as we go through this. Seems like a bit of a responsibility.

Image result for Christmas thanks!"Things are going to be quite busy for us this coming week – you too I’m quite sure. Next normal blogging day is Tuesday, but that’s Christmas eve, so I’m not sure I’ll end up writing since we have Christmas eve services etc. I’ll shoot for Thursday and see how that turns out. Until then, we are wishing you the Merriest of Christmas’s. We hope you are surrounded by family and friends, love and laughter all throughout this Christmastide and into the new year. And, as always~
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Today’s Weather: Rather a blustery day today. Sue said it was 40° when she got up this morning, but by the time the sun came up and I went out to do the chores it was down to 36°. That’s quite a drop in a couple of hours. By this afternoon we were at 64°; currently, at 7:24 p.m., it is 48° and partly cloudy, with winds out of the Southeast at 4 mph. Humidity is at 31%, barometric pressure is 30.03 inHg, and humidity is 31%. Overnight low is predicted to be around 35°. Today, sunrise was at 7:16 and Sunset was at 5:22. Winter Solstice was yesterday, so now the days will get progressively longer. Yay!

Egg Report: Sunday – 11 chicken, 2 duck, 1 goose.