Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brooding Chicks, Hatching Keets, and in general going a little poultry crazy!

I guess we've gone a bit poultry crazy here on the farm. I just recently bought a new Hovabator Genesis 1588 incubator to use as a primary incubator (using my Little Giant as a back up and hatcher for the last three days of egg incubation). Currently we've got 18 guinea eggs in the incubator currently on day 18 of 28 (Guineas have a longer incubation period than chickens which are 21 days from setting to hatch), candling has revealed healthy and somewhat active embryo's inside the eggs, so that is definitely something to be happy about (particularly considering this is my first hatch ever and I have been mostly pessimistic about the process so far considering the more than touchy controls of the Little Giant Incubator which I will never recommend to anyone).

Today I got my order of non-show or "mutt" type Ameracaunas or Easter Egger chickens if you will from Ideal poultry. I ordered 14 and they sent 18, not a one died in shipment and so far they are doing well in my hastily thrown together brooder. It's basically an antique oblong washtub, some paper towels for bedding, a water dish, a feeder, and then covered over with 1/4 inch hardware cloth held down with two scrap sections of wood. The light is held above the brooder via an old boom mic stand from my previous life as a musician. Worked out pretty well if I do say so myself. Right now their in the house, but in a week or two after their temperature requirements no longer have to be so stringent I will move them to the spare room that is built on to the porch. I certainly can't wait now for the Guinea Keets to hatch out. Next up, Turkeys, but that's a blog for next spring.

1 comment:

Arookie said...

Not sure how long you have been raising poultry, but I find it totally exciting and rewarding. I have been doing it for over 30 years.

I made my own incubator and used it for a few year until I loaned it and it wasn't returned. I actually prefer now to just buy the chicks all sexed.

You hit a terrific hatchery to get 4 extra as I have never gotten more than a couple regardless of the size of the order.

Do your homework on brooding turkeys. I have never hatched them but I do know that myself and a few of my friends have all lost turkeys when brooding. They are much more sensitive than chickens.