Place the egg into a bowl of cold water. The water level should be about 2 times higher than the egg.
Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom of the bowl and probably lie on their sides. Slightly older eggs (about one week) will lie on the bottom but bob slightly.
If the egg balances on its smallest tip, with the large tip reaching for the top, it's probably close to three weeks old. Eggs that float at the surface are bad and should not be consumed
We traded Millie for this very refined yearling buck. He has a lovely pedigree and his older full sister really shows what that a great combo his sire and dam were. His littermate sister is also looking very nice and his brother Hershey was retained by the breeder. Hershey was shown at the "Herd Jewels" show this past May and placed in the top three in every ring. I am really looking forward to seeing what this little guy can do for our herd.
In other new the momma hen and her 15 chicks are all doing well despite the nearly 100 degree heat we have been experiencing for the past several days. She is very protective of her chicks and threatens anyone or anything that comes close. For now they will be staying in the kidding stall in the doe barn.
Just before we went on vacation last week we had a Deleware hen hatch out three eggs - a first for the ranch. Sadly all three died before we got home. The children of course were heart broken as they were really looking forward to seeing those little balls of fluff grow up!
Then tonight Ari discovered a Speckled Sussex hen with 15 newly hatched chicks and two more eggs under her hiding in the thistle patch in Sunny & Stormy's yard. We moved her along with her chicks and eggs into the empty kidding stall in the doe barn in an effort to provide her and those cute little fluff balls a little more protection from the wild critters. If even half of them are hens that will more than double our flock and mean I either sell them or build another
It was a first for Wags Ranch! We finally had a hen go broody and actually sit her nest to completion! One egg hatched last night and the other two during the night or very early this morning.
The lovely Delaware hen (which isn't a breed known for going broody) was such a good girl sitting her nest, she never once pecked at us, and even now that her three eggs have hatched she only verbally protested when I moved her to get a shot of her babies.
The rooster is mostly Ameraucana, and at least the darker chick is out of an Ameraucana/Golden Laced Wyndotte mix hen. Not sure what the other two chicks are - all three eggs she was sitting were different colors so we know all three have different mothers.