Country Maple Farms Shelburn MA Jim and Angel Bragdon
May 1, 2014

Cuteness Overload


During sugaring season we collected eggs for our first batch of chicks we tried to hatch in our newly purchased incubator.  Be prepared to be overloaded with cuteness! :)

 

I had hinted before we had eggs in the incubator.  This picture below is one of the chicks who had just recently hatched.

This batch of eggs we had a very low hatch rate.  I believe there were many factors that led to this.  When we were collecting eggs it was still very very cold outside.  Even though we only saved the eggs that still felt warm they could have gotten too cold at some point.  I also don't think we kept a close enough watch on the humidity level in the incubator.  Plus, not all the eggs were fertile.  Silly Rooster!!

Here is a couple pictures of two of the first chicks that hatched.

Now around this same time Jim and Ken decided they wanted to start tomatoe plants and once they got big enough put them in the green house.  Soooo tomatoe plants were started....

Now the green house... I'm not really sure the last time Jim used the green house.  We were lucky that we already had greenhouse plastic to put on the frame.  Of course we couldn't get the plastic to fit right as one piece so we had to cut it in half.  AND then! we had to attach the plastic to the peak of the greenhouse.  Well one half was easy, we could do it from the inside of the greenhouse.  But the other half?....

Sometimes you gotta do, what you gotta do :)

Alright, back to the cuteness... Our first batch of chicks are not the cute little fuzz balls they once were.  Although they are still cute in my eyes :)

Our second batch of eggs that we put in the incubator had a much better hatching rate.  Woohoo! 

Here is a short video of a couple chicks trying to get around inside the incubator.  We have to leave them in the incubator until they are fully dry.  That way they don't get cold when they come out.

 

Now here are a few pictures of these chicks.

It is kind of hard to tell in this next photo but Jim is holding a bantam chick and a normal sized chick.  The two bantam chicks that we have are much smaller than the rest.  Can you tell which chick in this photo is the bantam?

 Of course we had to do a comparison of the older chicks with the new chicks. 1 day vs 5 weeks.

Do you notice Jim's flashy Country Maple Farms shirt in the background?  My good friend Becky from Forgotten in The Threads made them for us!

Now if you thought the chicks were too cute yesterday we received the call ducklings we had ordered.  now these things are just too cute!

The chicks and the ducklings are all living happily together.  They were even cuddling with each other this morning!  Make sure to check back often for more cute photos!!

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