So yesterday I was canning tomatoes, and I kept hearing a cheeping sound. Being an idiot I did not put it together that it was coming from the incubator in our dining room until it got more insistent. One of our hens had sitting on pheasant and chicken eggs. The pheasant chick was hatched, and the hen abandoned the other eggs. So I moved them into the incubator and one hatched yesterday. Another hatched this morning. I have another hen setting on a half-dozen eggs and about 2 dozen eggs in the incubator. One more chick is pecking its way through the shell right now. Hopefully these little guys do well.
Today we did the fall maintenance on the elderly sheep, bucks and rams. This involved catching them, trimming their hooves, worming them and evaluating their conditions and coats. For the rams it also involved checking their horns, and for the bucks there was copper bolus administration. A mental plan was formulated for their housing, feeding and breeding this winter. Here’s the rams after their ordeal: